Spring is a beautiful time of year. The birds are chirping, flowers are blooming, and it’s the perfect time to show off your yard! Spring brings fresh air and beautiful landscapes, but it also brings a lot of rain! Before you spend countless hours pruning and freshening up your flower or vegetable gardens, take the time to check out your gutters. Clogged gutters and downspouts can not only cause foundation damage, it can completely wipe out your flowerbeds. Below are a few tips to help you protect your flowerbeds and your home.
Unclog your gutters
Evaluate the age of your gutter system. Older systems typically need to be cleaned at least twice per year. Cleaning gutters are never an easy job and can be dangerous. If your gutters aren’t clean they will overflow, and the excess water will flow directly onto your flowerbeds or other shrubbery around your home. This will wash away your soil, expose roots, and could possibly kill your plants. Make sure you get all leaves, twigs, bird nests, and other animals and debris out of your gutters so they won’t overflow.
Unclog Your Downspouts
A lot of people forget about their downspouts. They just assume that they are functioning properly. One thing that is for sure, if there is a significant amount of debris in your gutters there probably is a lot of debris in your downspouts. If you clean your gutters but not your downspouts your gutters are still susceptible to overflowing. The water will just collect in the downspouts then come right back up and overflow…onto your siding, flowerbeds, and possibly into your foundation.
Safety is key
If you must get on the ladder to clean out your gutters to save your flowerbeds make sure you practice safety precautions. Never get on a ladder without someone to spot you. Keep at least 3 limbs on the rungs at all times! Over 500,000 ladder injuries are reported every year!
If you’ve determined that your gutters need a lot more than a routine cleaning, it’s time to call a professional. Here at LeafGuard we’re the only seamless gutter system with a clog-free guarantee or we’ll clean them ourselves! Call LeafGuard today for your free-no obligation quote at 1-888-460-6898. Don’t wait until your flowerbeds have washed away…call LeafGuard today!