How to Keep Your Gutters In Shape
Keeping up with routine maintenance on your gutters is the best way to keep them working properly. There are a few things you can do to ensure that your gutters stay in tip-top shape.
- If your gutters were recently repaired, take note of what caused the damage in the first place. Was it damage from ice? Are there tree limbs hanging over the gutters? Were rodents making a home or running freely through them? Maybe they were so severely clogged that the weight caused sagging. Whatever the problem was with your old gutters, if you don’t take care to change the situation you will encounter the same things with your new gutters.
- Remove debris from your gutters. Leaves, tree limbs, dirt, nests, etc. They all put extra weight on your gutters and cause clogging. When your gutters are clogged they cannot drain properly which means water also builds up causing more even more weight. The moment you suspect your gutters to be even slightly clogged is the moment either you or a professional need to clear them out. Perform routine checks at least once per season.
- After you have removed the debris, consider using a high-pressure water hose to remove any build up that remains. Scrub gently if needed to ensure that you have removed the dirt and grime. Any substance that builds upon the gutters is something for debris to get caught on instead of flowing down the downspouts. A thorough gutter deep cleaning is suggested at least once a year.
- Once your gutters are completely cleared out, consider adding a gutter protection system. Gutter guards and shields keep debris and leaves from building up in your gutters while still allowing rainwater to flow through. Continue to inspect your gutter guards and gutters throughout the year to ensure proper performance.
- Do not forget about your downspouts. They, too, can become clogged and backed up. If you do not feel as though your downspouts are effective enough, consider adding more. One downspout every 30-40 feet is recommended. Ineffective drainage can cause damage to siding, landscaping, and even foundation.
- Your gutters should descend 1/4 inch every 10 feet to ensure a proper flow. The angle of your gutters may shift over time so be sure to adjust it as necessary.
Always be on the lookout for areas with leaks, drips, spillage, and build up. At the first sign of damage, perform your routine maintenance and call a professional to fix your problem.
Handyman House Techs provides professional and reliable home improvement and repair services. No job is too small or big. We are located in Gulfport, MS. IF you are needing help getting a handle on your gutters, give us a call for a free, no obligation quote at (228) 297-0063 or visit us on our website www.handymanhousetechs.com!
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