Chapter One: Cleaning Out Gutters in the Summer
The dryer the summer, the greater the problems. For your gutters, that is.
Don’t worry, we got you covered with all the information you need to make sure your gutters and gutter guards are in tip top shape this summer.
Drier Summers Because Great Stress To Trees
Quick Science Lesson:
Trees “exhale” moisture through their leaves in a process called transpiration. The hotter the temperature, the more trees exhale, and the more stress they face.
Trees then rely on the soil to replace the moisture that they lost through transpiration.
The story doesn’t end there.
During droughts and overly hot summers, the soil has no moisture to give, weakening the tree and causing it to drop greater amounts of leaves and/or needles than normal.
Unfortunately, the excess amount of leaves eventually wind up in your gutters causing havoc on your gutter system.
When those thunderous summer showers finally come along, the built up debris clumps together and clogs up your gutters.
The organic material also clumps up in your downspout and prevent the proper flow of rainwater that rushes down your roof to make its way away from you foundation.
The best thing to do is keep your trees pruned and trim. Make sure to keep an eye out for your gutters, this summer. If you find that debris is getting into your gutters, make sure to clean it out to avoid future problems. MasterShield gutter protection is your best bet to avoid potential clogs and gutter issues this summer. The micro mesh filter stops everything (except water) from getting into your gutters and causing issues.
Keep reading to find out more information on how to deal with other summer gutter problems.
Wildfire Gutter Problems
In areas prone to wildfires, a debris infested gutter can be enough to start a fire. An ember flowing in the wind can ignite in a gutter and carry the first onto your home.
Depending on where in the United States you’re located, this issue can be extremely prevalent.
Make sure to listen close.
Residents in wildfire prone areas, such as states west of the Rockies, have probably faced a similar story like this.
You wake up one morning and see a note on your door saying something like, “clean your gutters within 30 days, or risk getting fined”.
No one wants to wake up in the morning with a notice from their local fire department requesting for their gutters to be cleaned or risk getting a fine.
This can be real headache because you have to find the time in your hectic life to clean out your gutters or spend money to have them cleaned professionally.
This summer, get MasterShield micro mesh gutter guard to avoid the hassle, and potential threat of debris filled gutters. Our patented, stainless steel, micro mesh gutter guard allows water to flow like gentle flowing stream while preventing any and all debris from infiltrating your gutters.
Your clutter free gutters will no longer by a fire hazard… nor a concern.
Keep reading for our special tips to protect your roof and gutters from wildfires.
Wildfire Awareness: Helpful Tips for Your Roof
Many areas of the United States suffer from wildfires and proper precaution should be taken to protect your home from these risks.
Here are 5 tips to keep your family and home safe during these summer wildfires.
Tip 1: Keep debris like branches, leaves and pine needles out of your gutters. A flying spark or fire brand can quickly ignite this debris and cause serious issues.
Tip 2: Install a micro mesh gutter guard to eliminate the hassle of dealing with small debris like pine and fir needles. Guards with large openings allow debris to follow the flow of water and slip through the slits.
Tip 3: Keep tree limbs and branches at least 10 feet away from your chimney.
Tip 4: Does your home have a chimney? Make sure to cover its outlet and stovepipe with a nonflammable screen.
Tip 5: Consider installing a fire-resistant roof if you’re considering re-roofing your home. Good options include metal, tile, and fiberglass roofing materials are best for fire resistance. Make sure to check with your local fire department for current roofing requirements.
Keep your home safe by keeping your gutters clean. Get a MasterShield gutter guard to make gutter maintenance a breeze.
What Are Gutter Guards?
Gutter guards are covers that go over your gutters to prevent debris from clogging your gutters. A well designed gutter guards allow water to free flow through while preventing other materials from getting inside.
Although protected gutters require less maintenance than unprotected gutters, they still require some kind of work to keep them functioning correctly. Your guards are subject to many of the same problems as the rest of your roof. This means that your guards can also have debris sitting on top of it, blocking water from flowing inside. We recommend that you glance at your gutters every once in a while and if you see debris piling up, take a ladder and brush it off.
Gutter guards make life much easier, but remember, no gutter guard that is completely maintenance free.
Maintaining Gutter Guards
The sad truth is that all gutter guards require some kind of maintenance. Any company that tells you that you’ll never have to touch your gutter guards, again are simply lying to you. But we can say that gutter guards require less frequent maintenance and prevent major headaches.
The holes in MasterShield micro mesh gutter guard are so small that only a single strand of hair can get inside. However, that doesn’t mean that things can pile up on top of your gutter guard.
Does your gutter guard have excess amounts of organic life, tree sap, or other types of summer debris? Are their fir needles, plant seeds, or pollen? Do you feel like it’s functioning properly?
If the answer is “Yes” to these questions, than do some simple spot cleaning on your gutter guard. Simply brushing off the debris from the top of the gutter guard will have it working like new.
This usually only takes a few minutes to do and then are things go back to normal.
If you don’t feel comfortable doing this on your own? Don’t worry, feel free to call your local installer and they would gladly help you get this done.