As a homeowner, one of the most important things you can do for your house is to take proper care of your gutters. The gutters on your home act as a defense against the elements of weather and redirect and drain storm-water away from the home. Your roofs gutters require simple maintenance and occasional repairs to help them function properly. Below is a list of things you can do to help maintain your gutters in fall.
Make Sure Your Gutters Are Free From Debris
It is wise and necessary to clean your gutters regularly. This is because things like leaves and debris like twigs can clog your rain gutters. If your gutters get clogged they cannot do their job, which is to redirect storm-water away from your home. Clogged gutters can also lead to overflowing rain gutters. Overflowing gutters can pull your gutters loose. So, during the fall season, when the leaves start to fall off trees, it is important to clean your gutters so they can continue to work for you. You can grab a ladder and do the work yourself, or you can call a trusted professional to do it for you, but it really must be done.
Inspect Your Home for Loose Gutters
Take a walk around your property and inspect for any gutters that have come loose or have pulled away from the structure of your house. If water has pooled in your gutters due to debris, the weight of the water may loosen the fasteners of the gutters. This could allow the gutters to pull away from your house. To have your gutters checked for good integrity, an annual inspection is highly recommended.
Check For Leaks and Holes
You should also inspect your gutters for any leaks or holes. You can use a garden hose to spray your roof to see if your gutters are working properly. You can also brave it outside during rainfall to check your gutters for leaks, but if you don’t want to get soaked, just use the garden hose method. Some leaks can be repaired with silicone sealant, but make sure you seal both the inside and outside of the gutter. Small holes can be repaired using roofing cement. Try to get to the small leaks and holes, before the become a bigger issue that further compromised the integrity of your gutter system. Larger leaks and holes should be addressed by a professional.
Check Your Gutters Angle
If your gutters have been properly installed, they should slope toward the downspout, which will allow water to drain properly. Take time to evaluate your gutter angle, and adjust accordingly. If your gutters are improperly sloped, this could cause water pooling. In time, this can rot or corrode your gutter system. Also, an incorrect location for a downspout can lead to standing water. Make sure your downspouts are properly placed and make sure you have enough of them to function right. If you are uncertain about how to check for angles and downspouts, contact a reputable professional for the job.
Inspect Your Downspouts
Finally, check your downspouts for wear and tear, and also make sure that if they are joined to fascia boards that they are attached properly.
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