In order to perform properly, gutters and downspouts have to be cleared of debris. If they don’t stay clean, debris will block water flow and eventually weigh down and force them loose. Maintaining gutters is a crucial part of keeping things running smoothly in a house, especially during rainy seasons. Here are some tips to help you keep your gutters working properly and in the best possible shape.
Keep them unclogged. In the course of collecting water, open rain gutters also collect leaves, acorns, pine needles, and other debris which can cause clogs anywhere in the gutter itself or sometimes in the downspouts. Covers are available for them, guards and screens to keep debris out, which can reduce or eliminate these problems and lengthen the life of your gutters.
Avoid pooled water and roof damage. If not properly cleared, water can pool in troughs. Pooled water will rot wood gutters and rust sheet-metal ones. It’s also important to an eye out for roof blistering, roof punctures and other roof damage that could negatively impact your gutter system as well.
Adjust the slope of your gutters and direction of your downspouts. Adjusting the slope from time to time will keep water moving toward downspouts. Be sure your downspouts expel water away from your house and add downspout extenders if necessary.
Consider a seamless gutter. Today over 70% of residential gutters are seamless aluminum gutters, also known as roll-formed gutters. These won’t leak at the seams because there are none. Sections are only joined at inside and outside corners and at the downspout outlets.
Gutter maintenance is one of the less pleasant forms of maintenance we take on when we purchase a home. Fortunately, if you don’t want to clean your gutters yourself and run the risk of knocking something out of place, there are professionals you can call that can inspect your gutters, and do a roof inspection etc. and take action to adjust whatever necessary.