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As preparation for the cold, freezing winter season, fall is the ideal time to perform last-minute maintenance around the house. By taking care of essential repairs and upkeep here and there, you will be investing in the comfort and efficiency of your home during the onslaught of ice and snow. In this article, Gutter Helmet shares common maintenance mistakes you need to avoid this season.

  1. Blasting your pressure washer. While a pressure washer helps remove any dirt buildup and grime from your siding, blasting the device at full force can damage your cladding material by peeling away its coat of paint and forcing moisture under the exterior. To prevent these issues from occurring, consider fitting a pressure washer wand with a wide-spray tip. Start at the topmost portion of the siding, and then slightly angle the direction of the water downward. Gently clean it in a side-to-side pattern.
  2. Sealing gaps over old caulk. It is important to seal gaps around windows and doors and between siding boards in the fall. This practice can eliminate cold drafts in the water and lower your energy costs in the long run. But before you start patching cracks or holes, make sure to remove the existing caulk so that the new caulk can seal smoothly and firmly.
  3. Neglecting your gutters and downspouts. Do not let fallen leaves, twigs, animal droppings, etc. accumulate in your gutters as too much debris can block your downspouts and trap water. When gutters are clogged, water will be unable to drain properly, leading to a hose of different problems such as foundation damage, basement flooding and soil erosion. When you think your gutters are clogged or in need of thorough cleaning, contact our gutter experts at Gutter Helmet as soon as possible.

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Gutter Helmet of Eastern Shore is your go-to company for high-quality gutter cleaning and gutter guard installation services. Our skilled technicians aim to keep your gutters clear and clog-free all year round. Call us today at (866) 333-8150 or fill out this contact form to schedule your consultation. We serve homeowners in Salisbury, MD, and other nearby areas.

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