Maintaining your guttering system is a necessary part of homeownership that is often overlooked by busy people. The problem with neglecting it is that it can cause long-term issues like clogged drains, blocked water flow, puddles on the ground below, and slippery ice too.
Here is how to clean and maintain the gutters to avoid some of the above issues from befalling you.
Clean the Gutters to See What You’re Dealing With
Use a garden hose to spray down the gutters. This will help to dislodge any leaves, small twigs, and other debris that’s collected on, in, or nearby. Collect up as much as you can in a garbage bag for disposal.
Also, make note of any areas of the gutters that are leaking water, even when the leaves or any blockages have been cleared.
Assess the State of the Guttering
What is the overall condition of the gutters?
There will doubtless be parts that can be cleaned up, but other areas will need a basic repair job completed or, if that’s not possible, a complete replacement of certain sections.
Most gutters are strong but not indestructible. A heavy branch falling on a section of guttering can dislodge it or cause a stress fracture of the materials that it’s made from.
Focus on any parts that were leaking water when being sprayed down earlier. This indicates a likely crack in the gutter material itself, which needs replacing.
Water Flow Level at the Downspout?
With the gutters cleaned, water flow should be decent at the downspout and out to the drain below. When that’s not the case, it indicates there may be a blockage above the downspout level.
Feed the garden hose up the spout and turn on the water. Aim upwards to hopefully dislodge any debris that’s partially blocking the space.
When the flow isn’t restored, then it’ll be necessary to use a plumber’s snake to provide further encouragement to debris that needs dislodging. Respray the inside to flush the now dislodged debris down lower and out through the downspout.
Other Tell-Tale Signs of Issues
Look and feel around for loose guttering that is capable of sliding around. It likely will need to be refitted.
If some gutter pieces are sagging lower than the rest, then find the cause of this. If the piece has sagged from holding too much water at one time, it will need replacing.
Also, keep an eye out for gutters that have become disconnected from the building structure. These need to be refitted to secure them. Furthermore, make a note of gutters with cracks, holes, or that have developed rust; these all need to be replaced.
How to Avoid Repeated Clogging
With gutters that repeatedly get clogged, then it’s best to switch them out with seamless gutters instead.
Seamless gutters have fewer clogs and leaks than other types and reduce the amount of maintenance required to keep them clean too. Why is this? Because they are custom cut to fit your property and due to this, it dramatically reduces the collected debris inside the gutters.
By cleaning and properly maintaining the gutters around your home, it avoids water from leaking inside. Unwanted moisture is far costlier to resolve later compared to regularly managing your guttering.