Gutters are probably the one part of your house that most homeowners overlook or take for granted, which is be surprising because gutters perform a vital function in protecting the home. Your gutters keep excess water away from your roof and catch debris that might otherwise clutter your yard. Don’t make the error of believing that gutters will stay clean unassisted because they won’t. Here are a few important gutter maintenance tips you can use to make sure that your gutters continue to do their job for a few years:
Clean Your Gutters Regularly
The best way to keep your gutters is to clean it regularly. If your gutters catch dead leaves, twigs and branches and you do clean up’s a couple times a year you’re golden. If your gutters catch mainly rainwater, clean it out twice a year.
Perform visual checkups in spring, summer, fall and winter. If there are any problems, you would easily spot and fix them right away.
Clean The Debris
Debris and leaves along with other sludge can gradually destroy your gutters without your knowing it. If your gutters are filled with debris, wear some protective gloves and pull it out. If the crap is stuck, use a brush or a gardener’s trowel to loosen the sludge. You can then flush the gutters to clean them completely.
Check Out Rust, Holes and Scratches
Gutters are a little distance from the walls of your house and guide drainage to avoid landing on your foundation. Inspect the gutters for any rusted areas, holes, dents and scratches. Rust will eat away on the metal; as time passes, it will lead to holes, which will render your gutters ineffective in draining water and debris away.
As soon as you spot any damage, perform corrective maintenance right away. Sand to get the rusted area clean if still small and paint over it. You could also apply an anti-rust product to stop the rust from spreading. Patch out any holes and scratches if they are still minimal. If not, get these portions replaced with new pieces.
Do Any Repairs as Soon as Needed
Following a storm, check your gutters for damage. Should there be loose portions, secure them back into place. Don’t wait until the damage worsens before fixing your gutters. By then, it may be already too late and you’ll spend more on larger repairs.
When repairs are needed it’s usually best to hire a local gutter installation Vancouver contractor. They will be able to provide the material and labor, which can be a little dangerous for most people. If you are not comfortable working on ladders, then follow our advise and hire a professional.