Many of us don’t give very much thought to our gutters, however, they play an important part in maintaining the integrity of your roof. When gutters get backed up, it could result in water damage to your roofing system or the inside of your home. Here are some helpful tips for maintaining your gutters properly.
You probably already know that gutters allow water to flow from your roof through spouts on the corners of your home. What you may not know is just how important this is to your home. When gutters are clogged, rainwater cannot strategically be expelled away from your home. As a result, water will pour off your roof directly down to the base of your home. This excess water can cause damage to your home’s foundation over time. Depending on the slope of your roof, clogged gutters can also cause water to pool on the top of your home. When water is left standing on your roof for too long, it could eventually cause leaks in your roof. A leaky roof typically results in water damage to the underlying structure of your home. For these reasons, it’s very important that gutters are properly maintained and in good working order.
Cleaning your gutters typically requires you to work on a ladder. Before you get started, make sure that your ladder is secure. While you’re working on your gutters, always make sure that you are standing steadily on one of the steps of your ladder. Never stand on the top portion of your ladder, as this could cause you to lose your balance and fall. While wearing gloves, you can gently reach into your gutters and remove any leaves and other debris that may have built up. A brush or handheld blower are helpful tools for getting muddy buildup out of your gutters. Once you’ve taken out the larger pieces of debris, you can take a garden hose and try to flush out anything that might be left over.
It’s a good idea to clean your gutters out at least a couple times of year. If you’re not comfortable doing the job yourself, make sure you hire a qualified contractor to come out and clean your gutters at least every six months.
If you have aluminum gutters, you may notice small areas of corrosion over time. These can be patched using a special epoxy from your local hardware store. Before you begin patching any holes in your gutters, it’s important to clean the area first. If you fail to do so, your patch may fail and the hole in your gutters could become worse over time.
If you need help repairing your gutters or any part of your roofing system, make sure you turn to the leading roofing contractor in the area. At Custom Roof Company we have decades of experience repairing and installing residential roofs in our community. Contact us today to schedule an appointment.