Gutter Maintenance And Repairs

There is truth in what I have to say here. Gutters do not last forever, but you can extend its life by doing some things during the year.

Nobody seems to notice when the gutters on our homes are functioning correctly. During the heavy storms, tons of water comes racing down the roof and into the metal gutters and flows smoothly downstream into the downspout and away from the home. It’s a perfect system of water collection and placement. Over time, debris gets into the system. Leaves, sticks, dirt, maybe even a tennis ball, can all start to accumulate and ruin the perfect gutter / downspout physics. You can’t see it from the ground but a bunch of stuff can get into the mix. Once things stop working as it should, we have a problem. How can we prevent this from happening?

Five important things that the property owner can do to maintain a properly working gutter system.

  1. Check your gutters and downspouts regularly. Do this at least twice annually. Look to see if anything is building up in the gutters and the downspouts are clear. Check for signs of rusting of the metal.
  2. Clean the gutters at least once a year. Get a gutter scooper to clear out the leaves and dirt. If possible, wash out thoroughly. This will also verify a clear downspout.
  3. Repair any rusted or damaged areas. This will eliminate any leaks and restriction in the flow of water.
  4. Clear away overhanging trees limbs. Low hanging branches can crush and bend the gutters. Trees limbs overhanging the roof will also add the the amount of leaves stuck in the gutters.
  5. If necessary, replace the gutters. Gutters that do not function correctly will allow a lot of water to flow in places that can easily lead to much greater problems.

Doing these things may seem a little excessive, but it will benefit the property owner in the long run. It will add to the life of the gutters, eliminate problems during the rainy season, and keep the water flowing where it needs to go.

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