Having a regular maintenance schedule can help fight pine needles from clogging your gutters and causing damage to your home. However, a gutter guard could be beneficial to keep more pine needles out of your gutters. A guard for your gutters is seamless, clog-free gutters that move the pine needles right out of your system. If you need help choosing a gutter guard, call LOA Construction with any questions you may have.
How Pine Needles Can Damage Your Home
Falling pine needles can get into the gutters and clog the gutter system leading to poor performing downspouts. When downspouts are clogged, a large amount of water will then fall from the only route off of the roof that it may have. This may be an undesirable area or close to your home, causing foundation damage. The damage caused by this occurring over a long time can be rather large. You should monitor your roof and gutters for pine needles as part of your normal yard-care routine. The last thing any homeowner wants is damage from a preventable source.
A short term solution is to trim any pine tree branches that may overhang on your home and gutters, this will reduce the amount of physical maintenance. Pine needles also tend to blow around just like leaves, so even if the branches aren’t directly over your roof needles might be blown over on a breeze and accumulate in risky quantities. If this is not something you want to do, then ensure you are cleaning your gutters out more often as if the branches are hanging over the gutters, they are more likely to drop pine needles, thus clogging the gutter faster.
Another shorter-term solution is to frequently clean the gutters of any debris and pine needles. However, this can be a tedious process and can be dangerous, so it’s important to know how to clean your gutters. Before cleaning the gutters yourself, ensure that you have the proper set up to ensure safety. You can also hire trained professionals to clean your gutters out for you. This is the best way to ensure the job is done safely and effectively.