Regular maintenance is the key to keeping your home gutter system intact. Helping you get your home ready to sell may include advice such as checking your gutters for any twisted sections. Gutters that are free of debris improve the marketability of your house.
Cleaning your gutters twice a year is the recommendation of the majority of home improvement professionals. If your gutters are blocked with debris such as leaves and twigs the rain will not run down or drain properly. It’s crucial to make sure that the rain isn’t spilling over the top of your gutter and onto your foundation. Over time this can cause harm to the home’s foundation.
You should clear your gutters twice a year: once in the fall, when the trees have shed their leaves, and again in the spring. While you’re cleaning your gutters you will want to inspect them for any holes or rust through. Make sure there are no loose nails. Check to make sure the gutters are firmly secured to the home.
After you have removed all the debris from the gutter you’ll want to rinse any residual debris down the gutter and into the downspout using your garden hose. This will also allow you to make sure that your downspout isn’t clogged with debris. If you notice the water not running into the downspout you can remove the downspout, clean it and then reattach it.
A plastic or concrete diverter should be used to properly deflect the water coming from the downspout. You don’t want the water flowing out on the ground where it may promote erosion.
Gutter guards have grown very popular and do away with the problem of needing to clean your gutters, although they will still need twice yearly inspection. For a do-it-yourself type installing gutter guards isn’t a big deal, and, it could save you hundreds of dollars over having the gutter guards placed by experts.
Some people say that gutter guards are too expensive and not worth the money. While gutter guards prevent huge leaves from entering the gutter they do not stop much smaller natural waste such as seeds, buds, small bits of bark and twigs or evergreen needles. Over time, all of this natural materials decomposes into gutter detritus. Also, debris can pile up over the gutter guard screening that will have to be manually cleaned off. Some have found that gutter guards actually bring them more troubles.