Although snow has been a prominent part of our recent weather forecasts, it is in fact spring, which means it is time to get your roof ready for what is to come. Why? Well, when the snow melts away, the water runoff can create problems if there are already existing problems in your roofing system. Furthermore, spring is “rainy season”, and abundant precipitation is expected as usual.
For these reasons and more, it is necessary to check on your roofing and siding systems to ensure they are ready for spring. Continue reading to learn what you need to do to protect your home from water and weather damage this season.
Check Your Gutter System
This time of year, one of the most important chores to put on your TO-DO list is cleaning out the gutters. Over the fall and winter, everything from leaves and twigs, to dirt, bird droppings, dead insects, and more, have accumulated inside your gutter system. This is especially expected for homes that are located near wooded areas or have several mature trees on their lot.
If you fail to clean out your gutters, they cannot perform their duty. Gutter systems are meant to direct water runoff away from your home. If they are blocked, obstructed, cracked, damaged, or clogged, they cannot possibly do their job. This means that roofs, siding, and foundations are all at risk of water damage, including wood rot, mold, mildew, and more.
In addition to cleaning your gutters, it is important to inspect them as well. Check for cracks, ruptures, kinks, and other forms of damage that could have an effect on its performance. If you notice any of these damages, have a professional Indianapolis roofing contractor come to your house and replace your gutter system. Keep in mind that a small crack will not stay small; so it is best to repair damages early on before they can become bigger and more expensive.
Before you check your gutter system, be sure to read our blog about Critical Safety Tips for Using a Ladder on the Roof!
How to Clean Your Gutters:
You will need a ladder, a pair of rubber gloves, a 40 gallon yard bag, a small plastic scoop, safety goggles (optional), and a garden hose. If you can, find someone else to help you with your project too! To get started, review ladder safety and then set up your ladder in the area you wish to begin. Manually scoop out all the debris from your gutters using your plastic scoop. Be sure to scrape them clean. Do not leave any sludge or dirt inside of them.
Once you are finished removing all the debris from your gutters, rinse them clean with your garden hose. It is not recommended to use a pressure washer on your gutter system because it can be too powerful and damage them. After you have rinse them clean, it is the best time to inspect them for cracks, holes, and other forms of damage.
As an option, it is highly recommended to have gutter guards installed to prevent future obstructions and blockages. These gutter filters work well to keep out leaves, twigs, and more. Have them installed by a professional Indianapolis roofing company for long-lasting, dependable results.
Get a Water Leak Inspection
After you have dealt with your gutters, it is time to give your roofing and siding some well-earned attention. After enduring the harsh winter elements, it is possible that your roof and siding have experienced some natural wear and tear. Before the rainy season is really underway, it is best to have your roofing and siding professionally inspected for susceptibilities that can lead to water leaks. Trust your roofing contractor to provide a full-property inspection and suggest workable solutions for any issues they may find. Remember, catching a small problem early on is cheaper and easier than catching it after it gets bigger!