The rain gutters on your home are very important to making sure that the area around your home doesn't flood. They are a great system, which catches rain water and snow melt and leads it to an area of your yard where flooding won't be an issue. Because these gutters are so important, it is crucial that you have them in good working condition throughout the year. This article will explain 3 tips for cleaning and maintaining your rain gutters.
Clean Them Each Season
It is important to take the time to clean your gutters each season because debris can easily gather within these few months. If you fail to clean your gutters during the fall months when a lot of leaves are falling into them, then they aren't going to work properly in the winter when the snow comes. You may end up having water leak out all over because there won't be enough room in the gutters for it. Also, in the Spring there is generally a lot of rain and wind, and when this wind begins to blow, you can get a lot of debris flying around. This debris will likely get stuck in your gutters, and will need to be carefully removed before it causes any issues.
Use A Pressure Washer To Remove Debris
Since you will likely have a good amount of debris that gathers into your gutters each season, you want to be able to use something that will be effective at removing all of this debris from your gutters. A pressure washer is a great tool to use because it will use a powerful stream of water to blow the debris right out of your gutters. The reason why power washers are so great is because the stream of water is powerful enough to remove any unwanted debris, but it will not damage your gutters during the process.
Replace Them When Needed
On average, steel and aluminum gutters need to be replaced every 20 years and copper gutters need to be replaced every 50 years. However, if your gutters need be replaced before this, there are some signs that you can look for. You will want to see if there is any leaking going on anywhere in your gutters or in your home. This can be a sign of of holes or gaps in your gutter, or simply improper draining in your gutter. Also, check to see if there are any extreme bends in your gutters that make it impossible for them to gather water properly. Lastly, another simple way to see if your gutters need to be replaced is if they have rusted.
If you need help assessing, maintaining, or cleaning your gutters, call a professional service, like Mr. Gutter, for help.Share
29 January 2015
I live in the middle of the desert, so I never thought that flooding would be a problem. However, a few months ago my town was hit with a huge storm. These freak storms are called "Hundred Year Storm" because the chances of them happening are once in a hundred years. Needless to say, no one was prepared for the aftermath--especially not the city sewage system. All this extra water had no where to go, and suddenly, I found my basement flooded. It wasn't a fun experience, but we dealt with it the best we could. Since then, I have spent a lot of time looking into different options for sewage, water lines, and other related things. We're now even looking into building a new house. This blog is the result of my ongoing research.