Owning a home for the first time presents a variety of responsibilities, including cleaning gutters. Here are tips for keeping your gutters in shape regularly.
When was the last time you cleaned out your gutters?
One of the easiest ways to maintain the health of your home’s roof is by properly taking care of your gutters through proper gutter maintenance.
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Here are five must-have gutter maintenance tips that every homeowner should know.
1. Clean Your Gutters Regularly
Every homeowner knows that you should clean your gutters regularly — but what does that mean?
If you wait until your gutters are overflowing with debris, there’s a good chance you’ll wind up damaging your roof or siding.
A good rule of thumb is to clean out your gutters at least twice a year, preferably in the spring and fall when you can expect a lot of extra debris.
That said, you should check to make sure your gutters after any heavy rainstorms or other extreme weather, like heavy snowfall.
2. Patch Up Leaks
A leaky gutter can be a nuisance, but it doesn’t always mean it’s time to replace the whole thing.
You should regularly check your gutter for holes, breaks, or other potential leak points. While you can patch up holes, leaks in joints or seams can be a bit more complicated to fix.
If a joint in your gutter is leaking, you’ll need to thoroughly clean out the area and apply silicone caulk to stop the leak.
3. Be Wary of Runoff
Your gutters are there to dispose of all the water that collects on your roof during bad weather. That said, all that water doesn’t just disappear once it runs into the gutter — it has to drain off somewhere.
It is essential to divert the runoff from your gutters so that it drains away from your house to avoid potential damage.
If gutter runoff does not drain right, it could lead to several different problems down the line, like foundation damage.
If your runoff isn’t draining away from your house, you can use splash guards or even an irrigation pipe to help divert the water.
4. Check Your Downspouts
You should check your gutter’s downspouts for clogs and debris, and make sure they’re pointing the right way to keep runoff away from your house.
5. Make Sure Your Gutters are Secure
Finally, gutters that are loose or sagging in places may not be able to catch and drain runoff and debris like they’re supposed to. So, you should regularly check to make sure your gutters are properly attached and secure.
If your gutter looks like its pulling away from the roof or dipping in certain areas, you should try to repair it as soon as possible.
Like with the cleaning, try to check to make sure your gutters are secure at least twice a year, and after any particularly bad or extreme weather.
Making the Most of These Gutter Maintenance Tips
By following these gutter maintenance tips, you’ll be able to keep your gutters in good condition much, much longer.
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