3 Summer Cleaning Tasks To Get In Soon

Summer is on a downward swing, which means that it is time to start cleaning things up outside. Before summer winds down, you need to make sure that you spend some time cleaning up your roof and getting it ready for the harsh winter ahead.

#1 Clean Out Your Gutter

The first thing that you need to do is make sure that your gutters are clean. It is easy for debris to fly into your gutters and clog them up over time. Luckily, this is an issue that is easy to fix. All you need to do to get your gutters flowing smoothly again is remove the debris that is inside of them. That is pretty easy to do.

Just get a ladder, a bucket, and some gloves, and scope out the debris. Be sure to let someone know that you are working on a ladder so they can check in on you. Or you can hire a gutter cleaning company to take care of this task for you if you lack the time or the ability to get up on a ladder and do the work yourself. 

Keeping your gutter clean will ensure all the water and snow that hits your house this fall and winter goes to the right place. Misdirected water can do a lot of damage, so keeping your gutters clean is a smart place to start.

#2 Clean Your Chimney

If you have a chimney, you are going to want to get it cleaned out before you need to use it. Little bits of debris can get into your chimney, as well as critters, so it is best to have it cleaned on a yearly basis. Additionally, all that ash and soot that comes out of your chimney needs to be cleaned away as well.

Before your local chimney sweeper is so busy you can't get in for weeks, schedule an appointment. Chimney cleaning companies get really busy in the fall and winter months, so getting your chimney cleaned at the end of summer is a smart move. 

#3 Seal Around The Vents

Finally, you want to seal around anything that sticks up on your roof. That includes your chimney, vents, pipes, and skylights. All of these objects have sealant around them that helps keep water from getting into your roof and damaging it. This sealant is not designed to last for a long time, so make sure that you reseal around these objects on a yearly basis, or have your local residential roofing company complete this maintenance task for you.

With summer wrapping up, make sure that your gutters are clean, your chimney is ready to go, and that everything on your roof is well-sealed.