Though the rains may have finally started to return, there’s no denying that it’s been a particularly dry season here in South Carolina. And if you’re a homeowner/property owner, you may have found yourself wondering if you still need to bother as much with regularly maintaining your gutters and downspouts in dry weather.
After all, if there hasn’t been as much rain to speak of, surely your gutters don’t need to be checked and cleared out as often, right?
Well, not exactly.
Even though it might not seem necessary at first glance,, it’s still a good idea to keep up with your gutter maintenance during dry weather—Here’s why:
Just because there hasn’t been much rain doesn’t mean your gutters are immune to clogs.
Though it’s obviously true that there may not be as much water flowing through your gutters in dry weather, there are still leaves, twigs, and other debris that can accumulate.
This type of wind-blown debris can quickly build up and create blockages. Somewhat counterintuitively, this type of debris can accumulate even more in dry conditions since there’s no water to help wash it away. Gutter protection systems can help by drastically reducing the amount of debris that makes it into your gutters in the first place, but it’s still a good idea to check your gutters every now and then and make sure they’re functioning properly.
It’s not only tree and plant debris that can clog your gutters.
Even in dry weather, gutters can also collect large amounts of dust and dirt, which can eventually lead to clogging (or exacerbate existing clogs). So it’s important to keep an eye on your gutters even when it hasn’t rained in a while.
Regardless of what type of debris you have in your gutters, if it’s not cleaned out, it will ultimately lead to them becoming clogged. That means backed-up gutters—and ultimately water damage—when it finally does rain.
Remember: insects and other pests are attracted to standing water, even if it’s just a small amount. If you let your gutters get clogged in dry weather, you can end up with an infestation of mosquitoes or other insects almost overnight. So even though you may not need to worry about rainwater right now, it’s still important to keep your gutters clear.
If you don’t have seamless gutters, you should also check for any gaps or wear that might have developed, as these can also cause water damage when it rains. Dry weather is the perfect time to check for damage, and repair or replace your damaged gutters before it becomes a bigger problem—and before the next rainstorm hits.
Even though it might not be as immediately obvious why gutter maintenance is necessary in dry weather, it’s still an important part of keeping your property in good condition. And though you may not need to clean your gutters as often in dry weather, it’s still important to keep up with regular maintenance to prevent any problems down the road.
A little bit of preventative gutter care now can save you a lot of headaches later on—so don’t let a dry season lull you into a false sense of security. Stay on top of maintenance, and your gutters (and the rest of your property) will thank you when the rains inevitably come back.