With summer right around the corner, you may be getting excited to spend some time outside with your friends and family. It’s important to remember though with summer, comes storm season in Jacksonville. While most of these storms typically miss hitting Jacksonville head on, it is important to make sure that your gutters are ready for the worst. Preparing for storm season by getting your gutters ready can prevent damage to your paint, roof, and your foundation. Without taking the necessary steps you could be headed down an expensive road. So what can you do to get your gutters Jacksonville FL storm ready? Take a look at the following tips for preparing for the storm.
1. Inspect and Clear Debris
It is easy to let your gutters get clogged quickly if you are not diligent about cleaning them regularly. Gutters allow rainwater to flow away from your roof preventing damage from excess water to your roof, walls, foundations and driveway. With the added rainwater from a storm, you could experience some serious damage if your gutters are not clear of debris. Here in Jacksonville, the most common debris come from pine needles and twigs from trees. Luckily, at Aarron’s Pressure Washing, we specialize in gutter cleaning. We are happy to make sure your gutters are not clogged and working properly when a storm hits.
2. Check for Pre Existing Gutter Damage
Unless you regularly climb up a ladder to check the condition of your gutters; you may be surprised to find that your gutters might not be in the tip top shape you expected. With the heavy storms that we experience in Jacksonville your gutters could have sustained damaged joints, cracking, or corrosion. It’s good to keep an eye on your gutters to make sure that they are in good shape to withstand a storm. When a hurricane comes barreling in, having gutters that are fully functional can save you from extensive water damage to your home that is preventable.
3. Examine Downspouts
Downspouts are important for helping water travel away from your foundation during a storm. If you notice that water is pooling near your home, most likely you need to extend your downspouts farther away from the home. Typically a good rule of thumb to follow when considering what length of downspout to buy is three feet away from the home. Depending on your property, you may need a longer downspout to safely push the water from your home. You also could consider purchasing a rain barrel if needed.
4. Clear the Area
While yard decorations make our lawn attractive during normal weather, before a storm it is a good idea to make sure that any loose items are put away inside to prevent flying objects from damaging your gutters. Items can become projectiles, so make sure they are tucked away.
While this list is by no means exhaustive, it’s a good place to start. At Aarron’s Pressure Washing, we are here to help with all of your gutter cleaning services in the Jacksonville area. For a free price estimate contact us at (904) 386-4871.