Top tips for gutter maintenance

by Greg on November 19, 2015

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When there’s a storm, the last thing you want to be thinking is ‘I wonder when the last time I cleaned the gutters was’, because chances are, the second you think that, you’ll see water starting to stream down from the middle of the drains, meaning that your downpipes are probably blocked! To avoid the helplessness that comes with hoping that rain doesn’t start pouring through your kitchen ceiling, keep your gutters cleaned and maintained in the dry season and reap the rewards in the wet season. We have some expert advice on how to clean your rain gutters, with some helpful tips on maintenance as well.

Why do I need to clean my gutters?

When there’s a rainstorm, there is a huge amount of water that is potentially falling onto a large surface: the roof of your home. You need to have this water draining away from your house, and in doing so you need to protect your windows, doors and foundations from water damage.

How to clean your gutters

Blocked gutter

In order to be able to do a good job of keeping your home dry, your gutters and downspouts need to be free of leaves and debris. If they are not clear, the drain outlets are going to dam up and then they will fill your gutters, overflow and eventually, even pull the gutters loose from the weight of the excess material. You’ll find that water that is pooling in your gutters can create rust spots and rot as well. If you’re opting to clean your gutters yourself, you need to work from a sturdy ladder and to wear gloves to protect your hands from sharp metal and screws. If you’re a bit concerned about the safety of such a task, I’d really recommend calling an expert for help on this one. It’s not a huge fee and it’s a small amount to pay for peace of mind. You really only should take on this task of cleaning your own gutters if you know that you can work safely from a ladder or from the roof.

Preventative options for gutters

With your gutters in the home, there are a number of solutions that are available to help to keep the task of cleaning gutters at a minimum. Things like mesh and leafguards are a common addition to any home, and if you don’t have these in place at the moment, consider installing these.

How to maintain your gutters

You should inspect your gutters in both Spring and in Autumn as well, and you may find that you have to loosen dirt that has been blown into gutters. Once again, if you’re not comfortable doing this task yourself, you should get in touch with your local gutter cleaners for the best results. The slope of your gutters may need to be adjusted from time to time, in order to keep the water that falls from your roof from pooling, and to keep it moving to your downspouts. The professionals are able to help you with this task! The next time you have rainfall, take a look to check whether your downspouts are expelling the water from your roof away from your house. If it’s necessary, you should add on downspout extenders to help to carry the water away from your house and to extend the flow away from your house at least 1 metre, if not more.

Also make sure that you check your downspouts for any signs of rust, flaking peeling paint, or any leaks. Make sure that your downspouts are fixed tightly to your fascia boards and that there’s no dry rot or damage.

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Daniel December 8, 2015 at 7:55 pm

Thanks for the tips about gutter.

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