Are you one of those people who calls the gutter maintenance folks only when there's an obvious leakage in the house or when you have spotted a couple of walls with mold or peeling paint? Cleaning and repairing gutters in winter can be an expensive affair, especially when you have waited until significant damage has occurred. Winterizing your house includes maintenance of gutters before late fall, so that you prepare well in advance to keep the walls mold free and the gutters clog free. Before you call in a guttering expert, there are some things you can do with some simple tools to clean the gutters and drainpipes.
Tips for Gutter Maintenance
♦ By using a small hose you can inspect the water flow at various points in the gutter and downspouts. The clogged downspouts usually clear out due to the force of the water from the hose. If the blockage is particularly stubborn, you may need a high-powered hose that's available with guttering technicians.
♦ If your house is prone to ice dam formation, remedy it as soon as possible to avoid damage to the guttering system on the roof. Check the underside of the roof trims for dampness. Damage due to ice dams can be detrimental to your home exterior and interiors, not to mention heavy on your purse to repair. A good roof ventilation and insulation system can prevent the formation of ice dams. Contrary to popular belief, using snow rakes and shovels to clear roof ice does not serve as a long-term solution to ice dams. In fact, it can be damaging to the insulating layer of the roof and needless to say, extremely dangerous for the person involved in the activity. It is quite important to get rid of ice dams before you decide to solve your own problem by getting on the roof.
♦ A heating cable that runs through the roof gutter along its edge can be helpful in preventing ice fills. Consult an expert to check if this is needed for your roof gutters.
♦ If you have a rather old construction, chances are that the metal on the guttering system has deteriorated. If you need to install a new guttering system, do not wait until the next winter. If your leakage problems are traced to a leaky gutter, despite all the cleaning and unclogging, it indicates that it is high time you got a new gutter installed.
In terms of health and diseases, it is commonly said that prevention is better than cure. Well, it applies to your house too. Well-maintained gutters not only prevent leakages and wall seepage, but they also look good and function well for a longer period of time. If you have ever had a comprehensive guttering system installed in your house, you would know that it's a costly affair that you don't want to get into for quite some time. Well, you don't have to if you undertake the cleaning and repairing activity once every year before late fall, or more frequently if you have an old system.