Fall is the perfect time to perform many of the maintenance operations outside your home that will help see it through the long winter intact. While items such as closing down a pool, doing fall landscaping to protect foliage and securing outdoor equipment might rise to the top of the to-do list, there is one thing that you should add to that list that often gets overlooked -- your gutters. Checking your gutters now can save you time, energy and money during the long and cold winter months.

Your Gutters' Purpose

If you are like many homeowners, you don't give much thought to your gutters beyond the fact that they make the exterior of your home look complete. However, without your gutters in place, it is likely that water's powerful tendency to damage the materials that it comes in contact with could take its toll on your own home. In fact, you have probably noticed the run-off from a roof after a rain or snow storm that makes a sizable indention in the ground beneath it. This is the primary reason for having gutters -- to direct the flow of water to another area in a controlled manner.

Inspecting Your Gutters

While you can start your gutter inspection from the ground, you are going to also need a ladder in order to take a look at them from above as well. Once you're at the height where you can look into your gutters, remove all the debris that's been collecting there. Leaves, sticks and dirt can impede the flow of water and cause backups. These can lead to damage from water and/or ice.

Look for Damage

Are your gutters bent or do you see any loose hangers? Do your gutters sag or are they split along any of the seams? Are your gutters leaking or do you see signs of mildew and mold? These are signs of damage that might indicate that your gutters need to be replaced. A company that specializes in gutter systems can help you choose the right one for your needs.

Contact the professionals at Signature Home Services for a comprehensive assessment of your guttering needs. Contact them today to schedule an appointment now to prevent serious problems with overflowing water and ice dams this winter season.