Your gutters and downspouts are responsible for transporting runoff from your roof and into a proper drainage location. But sometimes they can get damaged by small animals like raccoons, which can leave you with costly repairs if left unattended. Fortunately, it is pretty easy to prevent raccoons from climbing your downspouts and wreaking havoc on your home.
A gutter replacement specialist shares some tips here.
Apply Grease on Your Downspouts.
Doing this will prevent raccoons and other small animals from successfully climbing your downspouts, causing them to slide downward instead. Make sure you use non-food or automotive grease and apply it on all sides of your downspouts in order to maximize its effectiveness.
Do Not Leave Pet Food Outside.
Some homeowners tend to leave food for their pets outside of their homes. While this is fine during the day, do not forget to bring it indoors during nighttime as it can attract insects and nocturnal animals like raccoons.
Trim Back Trees.
Raccoons may climb your downspouts and gutters to look for fruits from the overhanging branches near your roof. To keep this from happening, make sure you trim back your trees on a regular basis and pick up any fallen fruits off the ground as much as possible.
Another effective way to keep raccoons off your downspouts is to use baffles. These are circular pieces of metal or plastic that physically prevent raccoons from climbing. Set it high enough and animals will not be able to leap onto your downspout above it.
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