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Gutter Maintenance And Repair Tips

Gutters serve a purpose on your house. They catch the rainwater that falls off of your roof, collecting it and guides it away from your home and your foundation. Gutters do need some maintenance in order for them to do their job properly. Maintaining your gutters does require getting up onto a ladder, and can be hard work. Leave it to a professional if you aren't sure about tackling this job yourself. See below for some maintenance and repair tips.

Clean Your Gutters

Clean out your gutters to prevent clogs that can dam up in your gutter and cause an overflow, or worse, a leak in your roof or the walls of your home. Cleaning your gutters does require you to get up onto a ladder. Be sure to have someone helping you when performing this task.

Here's What You'll Need:

  • Ladder
  • Bucket
  • Small garden shovel
  • Gloves
  • Garden hose

Instructions:

  1. Start by getting up onto the ladder to get up to your roof. You can either sit on your roof or stay on the ladder; although it's easier to hold the bucket on the roof than on the ladder.
  2. Next, use the garden shovel and begin shoveling out the contents of the gutter. Continue working your way down the gutter until you have reached the end. 
  3. At the downspout, run the garden hose into the gutter downspout to be sure the water comes out and isn't clogged. If there is a clog, you may need to run a piece of piping down the downspout to push out the clog.
  4. Work your way all around your home, cleaning out all of your gutters and downspouts.

Repairing Your Gutters

Repairing your gutters should be done in order to keep them working as they should. A loose fitting gutter, or a gutter that leaks can all cause a bigger problem if not taken care of.

  • Loose Gutter. If your gutter is loose or pulling away from the house, replace any missing nails to attach it to the house again. If you have gutter hangers that are missing, replace those as well.
  • Leaky Gutter. A leak in your gutter should be repaired as well. If it's at a seam, use something such as Flex Seal to seal the gutter. You can also add a piece of aluminum inside the gutter and use rivets to hold it in place.
  • Bent/Crimped Gutter. A gutter that is bent, crimped or even broken should be replaced entirely. It would take a lot of work to bend it back into place, replacing it would look much better and will save you a lot of work.
  • Stained Gutter. If your gutters are stained with mildew or mold, you can use a pressure washer to clean your gutters and make them look like new again.

Gutters need to be cleaned and maintained in order for them to work as they should. Contact a professional gutter repair company to have your gutters repaired or replaced to get the job done properly.


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