As you trek through your yard and sweep through your home, remember that spring cleaning means more than just cleaning what you can see. Up high and all around your house, literally, are your gutters. Cleaning gutters plays an important role in directing the water away from your house and its foundation, but neglecting your gutters could mean that water ends up where you don’t want it.

Last fall, wind and rain may have swept the leaves off the trees and into your gutters. During the winter, the snow may have melted and was frozen again as ice. Those seemingly harmless acts could have done some damage, and unless you address the situation, the problem could get worse.

With debris clogging your gutters, water cannot flow down the spouts and away from your home. Instead, water will find its own way through or around those clogs, and that likely means damage to your roof and siding. In extreme cases, the fascia board, decking, rafters, and foundation of your home can experience terrible water damage.

A quick way to check on your gutters is to watch how they work during the rain. If water is flowing freely and consistently through your downspouts, then you are likely to have no current problem with clogs or debris. But if the water is overflowing from the gutters, then there may be a clog in either the gutter or the downspout.

Regularly cleaning of your gutters can be a messy job, but the pros outweigh the cons. You can scoop most debris out using your hand and running water from a hose down the spout can help remove any loose debris.

There are options available that can help protect your gutters without constant maintenance. One of those options is to install a gutter guard, which hangs above the gutter and prevents leaves and other debris from getting in there, but still allowing water to drain down.

As you get dirty through this year’s spring cleaning, you might as well stay on the job longer and look at your gutters. Clearing them out now ensures that rainwater stays away from your house and not in it. To learn more about how you can keep your gutters in great shape, call Kellermeier Plumbing at 616-866-5134. At Kellermeier Plumbing, we pride ourselves on being honest and upfront with our customers.