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Are Your Gutters a Possible Fire Hazard? Summer Gutter Protection Tips

You know what your gutters do on rainy days, but what about the hot days of summer? The leaves and litter sitting in your gutters could be a recipe for disaster. These summer gutter protection tips can help you reduce fire hazards around your roof line.

Clogged and Packed Gutters Are Fire Hazards

Gutter clogs prevent your gutters from effectively directing water away from your property. They can limit the life of your gutters and attract unwanted pests to your home. On top of all those issues, dried gutter clogs may spark under the hot sun. This could put your roof, fascia boards, attic, and entire house at risk.

Check out the Homeowner’s Wildfire Mitigation Guide from the University of California to learn more about gutter-related fire hazards.

Gutter Guards Can Keep Debris out of Your Gutters

Gutter guards can reduce your risk of clogging, which in turn reduces your risk of gutter fire hazards. The guards are made from a mesh material that sits above your guttering. The mesh allows water to fall into the gutters, but the holes are too small for most debris to pass through.

Adding gutter guards should minimize how often you clean your gutters and maximize the longevity of your guttering. Sargent Gutters & Siding offers gutter guard installation for new and existing gutter setups. We can personalize a gutter plan that’s ideal for your home. Call (800) 465-7460 to schedule your consultation.

Clean Your Gutters at Least Twice Per Year

Most homeowners need to clean their gutters at least twice per year to reduce fire hazards. The general rule is to clean once before autumn and once at the end of autumn. However, you should adjust your cleaning schedule based on how often litter clutters your gutters. If you can see leaves and twigs poking out of the top or notice no water flowing through the downspouts, it’s time to clean! 

Learn more: What Is the Quickest Way to Clean Gutters?

Trim Back Overhanging Branches and Problematic Trees on Your Property

You could prevent most gutter clogs by trimming back the branches of nearby trees. You can’t eliminate wind-blown debris, but you can minimize how much falls directly on your roof. Be mindful of the trees close to your house that create the most litter, and consider giving them a haircut before summer. 

Upgrade to Seamless Gutters to Reduce Clog Risks

Seamless gutters are less likely to clog than sectional gutters. The joining edges on sectional gutters create small pockets for debris to get trapped in. Seamless gutters are made of long, continual rows of guttering that are formed to fit your house. Upgrading to seamless gutters may protect your house from summer fire hazards and enhance your curb appeal all at once.

If you’d like a quote for seamless gutters, gutter guards, or other gutter services, contact Sargent Gutters & Siding at (800) 465-7460.