Proper Cleaning and Maintenance of Gutters

Proper Cleaning and Maintenance of Gutters

Gutters provide an important purpose in homes, particularly in relation to weather proofing. It channels runoff water from the roof and empties it away from the house through pipes and downspouts. When a house does not have gutters, it ends up with water-soaked roofs and walls and a damaged foundation. A lot of people remain oblivious to these problems until the damage has already been become a hindrance to the house’s functionality. That’s why you should clean your gutters regularly to make sure they last a long time and you can avoid costly damage to your home and pocket book.

There are a few easy steps you can follow to maintain your gutters yourself. All you need is a ladder.  Before you climb the ladder, be sure all of its parts are tightened and functioning properly, so you can ensure your safety.  Once you are up near your gutters, remove decomposed leaves and unclog any debris in the downspouts to ensure that water can drain properly.  Run a water hose down the downspout. If the water stays at the top, a clog is present. If clogs remain present even after removing debris, it should replace that section entirely. If there are any leaks, check for holes and cracked caulking. Scrape the damaged sealing and dry the area thoroughly. Then, apply new bead silicon sealing to prevent water from getting down behind the gutters.

You can determine if the gutters are getting old if rust is present. Many homeowners switch their old gutters to aluminum and vinyl to avoid rust issues. If that is not an option in your budget, remove the rust by sanding it down. Paint your gutters with an appropriate primer and a rust-inhibiting paint.

If your gutter system has a lot of damage and requires more than just basic maintenance and repairs, it is time to replace your gutter system. Changing it may be costly, but it prevents endless repairs that will accumulate costs over time. It is always better to prevent damage than have to try to repair it, so keep everything functioning properly in your home by checking things every now and then to be sure everything is operating as it should.

Cindy Daniel
Oklahoma City Real Estate


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