Chief Meteorologist Mike Nelson of 7NEWS forecasts a snowy fall for Colorado this year. Pacific storms should bring more precipitation to Washington State, across the two Dakotas, and the southern edge of Colorado. “The type of storms created will bring snows back to our northern mountains,” Nelson says, “while the southern and central areas may not see much in time to give our ski season a really good start. At lower elevations, we will get a few fast moving storms as the season grows deeper.”
If Nelson’s forecast pans out, then that leaves some homeowners in Colorado with little time to get their roofs and gutters in good shape. Gutters play a vital role in protecting the home by funneling water from the roof down to the ground. How can homeowners ensure that their gutters are ready by the time storms or snow arrive? Some experts share three tips on how to clean gutters in Colorado Springs, Denver, or wherever part of the state you may be.
One tip is to inspect the gutters. To do this, simply walk around the house, with an umbrella, while the rains pour down. Eric Wales of Dallas, TX says that taking this step will let the homeowner see if there are any leaks or overflowing of water at the top.
Another tip is to clean the gutters, and do it regularly. Ethan Powers of Midlothian, VA is advising homeowners to clean the gutters and downspouts at least twice a year. Cleaning the gutters will remove leaves, branches, and other debris that have accumulated there. Powers adds that homeowners who live in heavily-wooded areas will need to clean their gutters more often.
A third tip is to call the pros. Gutter cleaning can be dangerous, especially if you do not know how to do it at all. AquaDuct Roof & Gutters in Peyton, CO, started by Bill Lawrence and now owned by his son Scott, has been doing the job for 40 years. Having an experienced professional also ensures that the gutter gets cleaned properly.
Homeowners can clean the gutters themselves, or let professionals do it for them. The important thing is to prepare those gutters in Colorado Springs, CO or elsewhere in the state before an extreme weather condition hits.