Tips for Maintaining Your Gutters
Cleaning rain gutters is not normally at the top of a homeowner’s to do list but it should be. Gutters clogged with leaves and other debris can overfill and crack. When damage occurs rain water spills in undesirable places causing unforeseen damage.
A single leak in the gutters can result in foundation cracking, mold and mildew growth, flooding in basements and crawl spaces, soil erosion under a home’s foundation and more.
Structural damage to homes can be costly to fix; while, mold and mildew can even increase the risk of respiratory illnesses and home deterioration.
Properly maintained gutters and downspouts are an important part of household maintenance that avoid costly renovation.
Install Some Downspout Extensions and Schedule Regular Maintenance
The first step in protecting your home from water damage is to schedule regular maintenance on gutters, downspouts and extensions. At least twice a year all areas need to be checked for clogs, leaks, holes, rust, and any fungal growth. Any of the aforementioned issues in your gutter system need to be fixed as soon as they are discovered.
If your home does not already have them, installing downspout extensions will allow you to redirect rain water away from your home, landscaping and areas prone to erosion. Water can be redirected up to 50 feet away from your property.
Think About Installing Gutter Guards
One way to cut down on clogs inside your gutters is to install gutter guards. These are installed on top of the gutters to keep leaves and other debris from clogging up the drainage system. If you install gutter guards be sure they are easy to remove for occasional but necessary cleaning.
Seal All Leaks Using Gutter Seal
If a portion of the gutter is leaking it is not necessary to replace the entire gutter. There are products available to seal leaks and avoid extremely costly repairs.
It will be necessary to completely clean the gutter system and allow it to dry prior to applying the product. Most of the products include strips of plastic and adhesive to repair torn areas.
Inspect and Reposition the Splash Blocks Frequently
Splash blocks are plastic, ceramic or concrete ramps that are seen in many yards under the downspouts. Occasionally these are pushed out of position by the water which allows rain to flow under the foundation and into crawl spaces. Heavier splash guards are more stable. Decorative blocks are also available for homes. Click here to search your favorite on Amazon.
Gutter Cleaning Reminders
Always remember to keep on top of your gutter maintenance to protect your home from damage by setting quarterly reminders. If you do not have the capability to do the maintenance yourself there are professionals that you can hire to do the maintenance for you.