Rain Gutters 101 – Preparing Your Pensacola Home for Stormy Weather
The Gulf Coast of Florida is no stranger to storm situations, ranging from summer showers to severe tropical systems. One of the vital steps in making sure your home is storm ready is taking care of your rain gutters. This simple chore can reduce the potential for structural water damages, saving your both headache and money in future repairs.
Cleaning out your rain gutters can be accomplished in 3 easy steps:
- Step 1: Scoop out large debris from the gutter. Start at the end closest to the downspout and work your way to the opposite end of the gutter. The removal of this debris allows water from rainstorms to flow more freely to the downspout and away from your roof.
- Step 2: Use a water hose to spray water through the gutter toward the downspout or drain outlet. This stream of water will assist in removing stuck on dirt and debris from the gutter that may not have been removed by scooping.
- Step 3: Check your drainpipes and downspout for any blockages. Running water down these pipes and watching the resulting flow from the bottom can assist you in this. If you see a light trickle of water, it most likely means that there is a blockage in the pipe. A stronger spray of water through the downspout can remove stuck debris, resulting in a clear gutter system to remove water from your roof.
Preparation is key to reducing the risk of storm related damages. In the unfortunate event that your property does incur damages from a storm, know that SERVPRO of Northwest Escambia County is Here to Help. Our team offers 24/7/365 emergency response, and are prepared to assist you and your property when disaster strikes.