Springtime is on its way in many parts of the country, and with it comes the opportunity to get your home and yard cleaned up for the warmer weather. After months of wind, snow, and ice, your yard may be ready for some good TLC and cleaning. Here are some spring-cleaning projects that you should handle around the outside of your home.
Your home's gutters are an important part of the protection of your home's exterior and interior. Whenever rain falls on your home, the gutters divert the rain to flow off your roof and then well away from your home through the downspouts and splash blocks.
However, just because your gutters are meant to divert water from your home does not mean that water is the only substance that they come into contact with. Your home's gutters deal with a wide array of materials from nearby trees and vegetation. They also handle pine needles, pine cones, trash, and shingle particles that rinse off your roof during a heavy storm.
All these materials can create buildup inside your gutters that can, if you don't keep them cleaned out, harden into a layer of debris that blocks your gutters from working properly. A gutter cleaning service can remove the buildup and rinse them clean with a pressure sprayer to restore the proper flow. If your gutters are also the worse for wear and have cracks or holes or are sagging in areas, they also need a repair to restore their functionality.
Your gutter professional can inspect them for a repair or to recommend replacement. They can also upgrade your gutters to a seamless system or one with a gutter guard protection to help keep trash and outside debris from falling into the gutters and clogging them. Don't worry about your gutters making your home look unattractive, because there are a variety of gutters systems that can blend in with or visually accentuate your home.
The landscaping in your yard may also be in good need of a cleanup after a layer of snow and ice has covered most of your outdoor vegetation. Some of your landscaping beds will need to be cleared out of dead vegetation to make room for the new plants and growth and to remove the trash that can collect as well.
Spend some time on a warmer day collecting trash and vegetation debris to bag it up for disposal. If there are leaves remaining in your yard, remove them as soon as possible, because your lawn can be at risk of dead spots if you let leaves stay upon them for too long.