Growing up in a house full of girls, I unofficially took on the role as my father's only son. So when the time came to fix a leaky sink or change the oil in the family car, it was me that stood by my father's side. Thanks to him and everything he taught me, I am now able to take care of myself and my children in a way that not everyone can. I have tried over the years to engage my own daughter in the same way my father engaged me, but she's currently more interested in playing with dolls than fixing potholes. After my father passed away last year, I vowed to find a way to pass on everything he taught me, this blog is my way of keeping that promise. I truly hope that you learn as much as I have over the years.
Gutters are an important part of your home's structure as they redirect water away from the foundation, leaving you with a home free of areas that leak or flood. Making sure your gutters continue to perform this job properly can be done by taking the time to maintain them regularly. Forgetting about your gutters can be a costly mistake as if they are not functioning as they should, water can pool up and leave you with a leaking roof. Here are some steps to take when maintaining gutters so they keep your home free from water damage for years to come.
Know When To Check
Check your gutters before and after winter to keep them in the best possible shape. In the fall, you will still have time to repair your gutters before snow and ice build up within, keeping your home safe during the cold season as a result. In the spring, you will want to make any repairs cold weather may have caused to your gutters from the weight of frozen precipitation.
Remove All Build-Up
Grab a ladder, climb on up, and take a look inside your gutters to see what has accumulated inside. Leaves, twigs, moss, and other debris will collect inside, eventually making it difficult for water to pass through easily. Put on a pair of heavy-duty gloves and scoop all the debris into a bucket. When the debris has been removed, scrub the interior of the gutter with a mixture of water and a mild detergent to remove any dirt that has become caked on inside.
Bring up a garden hose and rinse the gutter out completely. Take the time to check the downspout to make sure the water flows through it without restriction. If it is trickling out slowly, remove the downspout and use a broom handle to push through any obstructed debris.
Check For Cracks
If there are portions of the gutter system that has cracks or small holes in the pieces, water will seep out and pool up along your home instead of being redirected away. Use caulk to repair any hairline cracks inside the gutters. For larger tears, adhere a piece of flashing over the area using the caulk or replace that portion of the gutter completely.
Watch The Placement
If your gutter system is pulling away from your home, it will need to be reattached so water will not miss its target as it rolls off your rooftop. Brackets can be purchased in a hardware store to secure the gutter system so it no longer droops. These are easily attached to your home using screws or bolts. Click here for more information on aluminum gutters.