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Autumn/Winter Gutter Maintenance: Keeping Your Gutters in Top Shape

Updated: Nov 18, 2023

As the vibrant colours of autumn give way to the crisp embrace of winter, it's time to turn our attention to an often-neglected but crucial aspect of home maintenance - your gutters. Proper gutter maintenance during the autumn and winter months can prevent a host of problems, from water damage to ice dams. In this blog post, we'll walk you through the essential steps to prepare your gutters for the colder seasons, address frequently asked questions, and provide expert tips to keep your home dry and damage-free.

Step 1: Clear Those Leaves and Debris

The first and most crucial step in autumn gutter maintenance is to clear out leaves, twigs, and other debris that have accumulated in your gutters. These can clog your gutter system, preventing water from flowing freely. An ideal time to do this is after the majority of the leaves have fallen in late autumn.

FAQ: Should gutters be cleaned before or after winter?

It's advisable to clean your gutters in late autumn, after most leaves have fallen but before the first heavy snowfall. This helps prevent clogs during the winter, which can lead to ice dams and water damage.

Step 2: Check for Damages

While you're up there, take the opportunity to inspect your gutters for any signs of damage. Look for cracks, rust, loose fasteners, and any sagging sections. Any issues should be addressed promptly to ensure your gutters can handle winter's challenges.

Step 3: Test Your Downspouts

Once your gutters are clean, check that the downspouts are functioning correctly. A simple way to do this is by flushing them with water from a hose. Make sure the water flows freely through the downspouts and is directed away from your home's foundation.

Step 4: Secure Your Gutters

Ensure that your gutters are securely fastened to your home. This is particularly important in regions prone to heavy snow and ice. Secure any loose brackets or hangers, as the weight of snow and ice can pull gutters away from the house if they're not properly attached.

Step 5: Trim Overhanging Branches

Overhanging branches can drop leaves and snow into your gutters, causing clogs and additional weight. Trim back any branches that hang over your roof.

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