One of the most important projects around your house is the cleaning of your gutters. We often overlook this task and we usually wait until fall to make sure all the leaves are down from the trees. Damage can happen if you wait this long. Additionally, it make the job that much harder.
This year, try and clean them twice in the year—the spring and then the fall. This can help eliminate additiaonl cost and trouble down the road.
Clogged gutters cause many problems. Not just the waterfall that may pour off your roof on rainly days, or the icicles that it forms in the winter. Excess water can hurt the integrity of your home and the foundation. Gutter systems are made to move the eater from the roof and bring it away from the house’s foundation. It allows for proper drainage. If clogged, there is a potential of water seaping into the walls and ceiling of your house.
Having stacked up leaves in your gutter adds addtional weight to the gutter. When the debris absorbs the water, it acts like a sponge and becomes extremely heavy. This can add stress to the brakets holding the gutters to your roof and can lead to ripping the gutters right off. Falling gutters are costly enough to replace on their own, not to mention any lights or windows they smash as they come crashing down.
Damaging the paint and siding if a factor from overflowing water. It also can show unsightly marks running down the house. Ultimately, this can rot your walls and siding which can be very costly to replace. Ice-damming is another major issue with clogged gutters. Blocked water can freeze when it backs up in the gutters, pushing up against the roof structure and working its way under the shingles destroying the wood, causing even more leaks.
Flooded basements and cracking foundations are other symptoms of clogged gutters. If water isn’t drained away from the house and it sits around the foundation it will expand when frozen and cause cracks which lead to floods in your basement or crawl space.
You only need a few things to clean your gutters and they depend on the method you choose. Many different tricks and techniques have been developed by home improvement magazines, experts, and handymen but the main concept is simple, just get on the ladder and pull the junk out of the gutters!You will need a ladder, gloves, a container to gather the debris such as a bag or bucket, a garden trowel or small hand rake, and a hose.
Once you clean an entire length, take the hose and spray down the gutter and into the down spouts to get all the small debris you missed. If there are clogs that the hose can’t clear, you can use a plumbers snake to clear them out.
Pushing this chore to the bottom of the to-do list could end up being a very costly mistake. If you get up there regularly it can be easy and you’ll prevent any permanent damage from forming in your gutters.