We know how easy it is to quickly get out of control with your to-do list — and it’s far too easy for gutters to take a backseat to the more urgent issues in your house. Unfortunately, if you don’t make use of gutter repair or cleaning services, leaves, twigs, and other sediments can damage them. Over time, leaves and twigs will build-up, clogging your gutters and downspouts. This means that your gutters will overflow and damage the roof, fascia, and — even worse — end up along your house’s foundation.
The good news is that if you follow a few easy measures, all this water damage can be avoided:
Clean your gutters twice a year at least once in the spring and then again in the fall. Before and after any heavy raindrops, check them to make sure your gutters are still dry. Cleaning is normally best after the weather and debris have been drying out for a few days, but that isn’t always an option and often you’ll have to deal with wet leaves. Begin by removing debris close to the downspout. Remove any downspout strainers, and clear them if you have them. If cleaning packed-in and caked-on material a trowel comes in handy, or you can find that using your hands works better. Flush the remaining debris out with a hose. An attachment for cleaning the gutter can be helpful too. Start at the far end and push downwards towards the downspout. Seek not to spray under the shingles, as they can loosen. If your gutter doesn’t drain, you might get a clog in your downspout. Flush your spout off. If your downspout is a solid piece, remove it from the bands (the downspout should slide out), then flush it out with a hose and reattach it. If you have a short downspout that runs into an underground tiling system, just remove that short piece.
Cover the open pipe leading to the underground tiling network
In case a lot of debris comes out, then feed the nozzle onto the spout, and spray to clear the clog at maximum pressure. If that doesn’t fit then try a hand auger, also called the snake of a plumber. Feed the line over the downspout. Reattach the downspout until you clear any clogs, and flush the gutters with a hose again. Check the origin of any leaks like gutter holes and broken surface caulking. Use an old chisel to scrape out the old caulking, and thoroughly dry the area. Use new silicon bead sealing to prevent water from dripping behind the gutters and rotting the boards.
Learn tips on how to clean it and repair common problems to keep your gutters running efficiently. Long-term neglect of your gutters can cost you seriously, both monetarily and labor- and frustration-wise. Poorly functioning gutters can affect the foundations and internal structure of your home.