An important part of your roof is the gutter system. While you may take the time to clean out your gutters a few times a year, to you give much thought to this system otherwise? If you are like most homeowners, the answer is probably no.

Unfortunately, neglecting the care and maintain your gutter system can result in serious issues and damages to not only your home’s roof, but also your home’s foundation. If you want to ensure your gutters are able to do their job, be sure to use the four tips found here.

  1. Clean the Gutters Regularly

Regardless of the residential roofing material or the gutter system your home was originally constructed with, you need to clean your gutters properly a few times a year.

The best times to clean your gutters include in the spring, and then again in the fall. If you aren’t sure how to do this yourself, or don’t have the ability to handle the gutter cleaning process, then contact the professionals for help.

  1. Clear all Accumulated Debris Away

In addition to giving your gutters a thorough cleaning twice a year, you also need to clear away any debris you notice during the year. These debris not only block the flow of water, but they can also invite insects and “critters” from nesting in the gutters, which results in even more problems for your roof and your home.

If you notice the water isn’t flowing freely, be sure to find out why. This is the best way to ensure your gutters can keep doing their job.

  1. Look for Leaks and Have them Repaired

Once you have removed any debris from your gutters, you can use your garden hose to flush away residue. This also lets you make sure everything is moving freely in your gutters and downspouts.

A seemingly small, insignificant gutter leak or clog can quickly result in serious property damage and require costly repairs. As a result, if you do find a leak, you need to seal it off with a patch kit or silicone.

  1. Contact a Professional Roofing Company for Help

The fact is, your gutters are attached to your roof. As a result, it can be dangerous to try and clean them out on your own. By calling roofing professionals, you can ensure your gutter system is working properly, that there are no leaks present and that there are no other issues you need to be aware of.

Professional roofers can arrive at your property, providing the inspection and maintenance needed, and then leave, providing you peace of mind that your gutter system is ready and able to do its job without issues.

Don’t ignore the gutter system. This is one of the worst things you can do when caring for your home’s roof. A professional can help, so be sure to call them if you don’t know what to do, or if your gutter system needs repairs.