It’s early September here in Louisville, Kentucky, and summer temperatures are hanging on. The weather is beautiful and warm in the afternoons, and we’re all still wearing t-shirts, shorts, and flip flops. But a change is in the air – literally! The stifling, humid heat has mostly moved on, and the mornings and overnight hours are growing a bit cooler and less humid. Of course, people living in some areas of the North and Northeast of the U.S. are already experiencing cooler temps and those beautiful fall colors peeking out of the trees, and perhaps even some colorful leaves on the ground.

When the leaves begin to change, it’s a beautiful sight no matter where you live. Yet, sometimes, the aftermath is not such a wonderful thing. Of course, we all know there’s all the raking, bagging and disposal of all those leaves. But homeowners everywhere know that when left unchecked, falling leaves also can lead to multiple types of property damage like roof leaks, gutter clogs, foundation damage, and other issues. 

That is why it’s so important to prepare your gutters for fall. While it’s ideal to do maintenance checks and deep clean your gutters twice per year, it can be tough task for many people (not to mention a very dirty job). This can be dangerous and difficult to explore where any repairs may be needed, or if any hardware replacements may be necessary. Most importantly, when weighty snow accumulations arrive in winter, roofing and gutter components are more likely to fail if gutter maintenance has been neglected. 

What can I do to prepare my gutters for fall? 

  1. Clear out any debris

If you haven’t been able to keep up with checking and cleaning your gutters over the years, you may discover a great deal of rotted leaves and other debris. You may even discover an old animal nest! Your best tools for this job are gloved hands and a trash can. Scoop out as much material as you can, then move on to cleaning. Most importantly, use extreme caution with climbing ladders and better yet, have a helper move around with you on the ground to assist.

  1. Get out the hose

After you remove any obvious physical debris, grab a long outdoor hose and get ready to wash down the interiors of your gutters and downspouts. If you have a hand sprayer with a relatively forceful setting, use that. Be sure to check for adequate amount of water running all the way through downspouts – a large clog could be present if it doesn’t. If it’s particularly grimy and difficult to get clean, use a very small amount of dish soap before you spray. Remember safety first – and always have a helper around if you can. 

  1. Check for gutter damage

While you are working to get things clean and clear of obvious debris, check for gutter damage like cracks, hanging or loose components, and excessive wear and tear. Fall is the time to resolve those issues before winter arrives in your community. Because when ice and snow arrives, a compromised gutter already in poor condition is most likely to fail completely at the worst possible time of year. When gutters fail, whether over time or seemingly overnight, that’s when misdirected water can damage your home’s foundation and roofing components. If you spot any of these issues, or you’re not sure what to look for, make a list and call a gutter professional for a complete inspection.

  1. Trim those trees!

If you have large tree branches hanging over your roof, it’s important to trim those away from your house. Tree branches can be a threat to your roof and gutters, particularly in fall and winter. In the fall, berries and leaves from tree branches will accumulate in your gutters, clogging them in advance of winter. And if you see a significant ice accumulation this winter, the weight of this could cause these low hanging branches to break and fall into your roof and gutters, potentially ripping them away from your house. Do a bit of tree maintenance before fall and winter arrive, and your gutter will thank you!

  1. Hire a professional gutter cleaning and repair company!

Tackling gutter maintenance, cleaning, and repairs can be a big and sometimes dangerous job. If you’re ready to take steps in preparing your gutters for fall and winter, consider hiring gutter cleaning and repair professionals to get the job done the right way. Homeowners in Louisville and surrounding areas receive top-notch service from the professionals at Gutter Junkies. Locally owned and operated since 1998, we provide gutter cleaning services, as well as replacement and repair. We are fully certified, insured, and make it our priority to make sure your job is done right! We stand by our work 100% and won’t quit until you’re satisfied with our work.

If you are a homeowner in Louisville, Oldham County, Southern Indiana, or surrounding areas, contact the professionals at Gutter Junkies for a service estimate. We’ll be glad to get up on that ladder and do the dirty work so you don’t have to! Call Gutter Junkies today at 502-386-4456.