Many property owners fail to realize the importance of proper gutter maintenance. If you notice water accumulating on your ceiling or if your fascia boards are rotting from the inside, chances are that there is a problem with your gutters.
Gutters and downspouts are essential to prevent water damage to your roof and, therefore, other structural components of your home. In this article, we will be taking a look at five things that you can do to ensure that your gutter system is in the best possible condition.
Clean Your Gutters
Keeping your gutters clean is an essential part of gutter maintenance. Leaves, twigs, and other debris that collect in the trenches will clog up and prevent water from flowing away. When water accumulates in your gutters, it will overflow and gather on your roof, form leaks and, eventually, result in mold growth and water damage.
The best time to remove plant debris and clean your gutters is once during spring and once during fall. If you live in an area with snowfall during winter, cleaning your gutters during fall is particularly important to ensure that melting snow flows away from your roof.
If the fasteners to your gutters are defective, your gutters may start pulling away from your roof and fail to catch water that runs down your roof. Water that is not directed away from your property’s structure and foundations may cause damage. If your gutters sag or pull away, they may also bend or crack.
To prevent these problems, inspect your fasteners at least once per year and whenever you clean your gutters.
Inspect and Clean Downspouts
When you clean your gutters, make sure that your snake your downspouts as well. Obstructions in downspouts are not always apparent, and you may only notice a problem when water accumulates in your gutters and on your roof.
If you don’t have the necessary equipment to clean your downspouts thoroughly, it may be a good idea to contact a professional roofing company such as Rooftop Chimney and Roof Services LLC.
Replace Damaged Sections
Gutters may be damaged as the result of falling branches, severe weather, or broken fasteners. Since a gutter system typically consists of sections, you don’t have to replace all your gutters, but only the segment that was damaged.
Inspect the condition of your gutter system at least once per year to determine if you need to replace any damaged sections. If there is a problem, replace the part immediately to prevent further damage.
Install Gutter Guards
To reduce your gutter cleaning efforts significantly, invest in high-quality gutter guards to keep plant and animal debris out of your gutters. A gutter guard is a screen that fits over your gutter and that allows the in- and outflow of water.
The best gutter guards are made from aluminum as they will not corrode and deteriorate over time.
Improper gutter maintenance can result in damage to your roof, high repair costs, and an unhealthy indoor environment. By following these tips, you will save money and prolong the lifespan of your roof.