We’re officially in the throws of spring season and with that comes some must-do cleaning. Whether you’re selling your home or just looking to freshen things up, clearing out the gutters is one task we’d all like to pretend doesn’t exist. But if you let leaves and other debris pile up, you prevent them from doing their job and place your gutters at risk to irreversible damages. Before you push off the gutter cleaning job another month, take a look at these tips. They’re guaranteed to keep your gutters in top shape, which contributes to your overall value of your home if you’re trying to sell.

What happens when you don’t clean gutters regularly?

A dirty gutter cannot do its purpose. When clogged, water can’t flow down the gutter and into the downspout. That means excess water accumulates and pours out the sides of the gutter, down the house, and into the yard. Over time, this will worsen a home’s appearance and homeowners may have to invest in painting to restore its look. Clogged gutters can also become rusted, which will lead to eventual replacement. If water is trapped in a gutter, especially during winter months, it will freeze, weigh down the gutter, and cause damages to the gutter and roof. Unfortunately, animals like birds and squirrels can also damage a gutter by building nests. The longer soil and other particles remain trapped, combined with water, the higher chances of mold developing and further clogging occurs.

When should I clean my gutters?

Cleaning your gutters during the right times of year can prolong the life of them and keep damages to a minimum. If possible, aim to clean them twice a year – at the beginning of fall and spring. Leaves are dry and easy to remove in early fall and clearing our gutters in early spring ensures water will be directed appropriately during heavy, seasonal rains. Do not wait to clean your gutters until the end of summer! Letting them go unchecked for that many months gives animals and bugs plenty of time to settle in your gutters and clog them. Plus, your gutters are holding months of weight from debris pile up.

How do I clean my gutters?

Cleaning your gutters is easy to do with the right tools. All you need is an extendable ladder and a scoop to remove gunk. To keep yourself clean and free from dirt, make sure to wear a long sleeve top and rubber gloves. Place a plastic tarp nearby to drop gutter debris onto – your lawn will thank you! Once you get all the dirt out of your gutters, finish the job by flushing them out with a garden hose.

Is it time to replace my gutters?

Do you keep your gutters in top shape every year? Great! But, remember to keep an eye on their overall condition. If your gutters are coming loose, you can easily fix them to connect back to the sides of your roof. If they’re showing signs of rust, it may be time to replace them. Older gutters made from iron are more prone to rust and should eventually be replaced with aluminum gutters or ones that designed to be rust proof.

Gutters may not be the first thing you think of when imagining good curb appeal, but they’re a very important factor to your home’s overall appearance. Keep your gutters clean and prove to potential sellers that your home offers shelter and security for years to come.

For more tips to help sell your home, contact Network Real Estate – we’re happy to help!