Your roof is the first line of defense when it comes to protecting your home from the elements, and the gutters and downspouts are essential to ensure your roof remains stable and healthy.
Failure to maintain clean and clear gutters along with downspouts could mean water seeping into your home and the buildup of mold and mildew due to water leaks.
Here are a few tips on how to maintain healthy gutters and downspouts.
Clean out the Debris
If you live in an area with a lot of trees, then you’re bound to get leaves, branches, sap, and animal droppings in your gutters and downspouts, which can lead to clogs. Make a schedule and set a reminder on your phone to clean your gutters and downspouts on a regular basis.
Unclog the Clogs
Clogged gutters overflow, which can dump water straight down into your foundation, or back up over your roof. Perform regular tests to see if your gutters are clogged or not, and if you’re not sure, don’t hesitate to call in a professional because it’s cheaper than having to deal with water damage or damage to your roof.
How to Clean
Cleaning gutters and downspouts is a chore to be sure, but it’s not hard work. To clean your gutters, get a ladder and position it, so it’s secure against your house. If you can, get a friend or family member to help and make sure the ladder is steady and stable. Once you’re up, put on a pair of rubber gloves and scoop out any gunk that’s built up in your gutters. To finish, spray water from your garden hose down your gutters and into your downspouts and check the flow.
Getting clogs and debris out of gutters is easy; however, downspouts are more tricky because you’re dealing with a sealed tube and it’s tough to know precisely where the clog is. To test for clogs, look for water pooling at the top of the downspout. To break up the clog, use an auger or snake. Use these devices at various angles to ensure you get the entire clog. Get a friend or family member to help monitor the water flow and to let you know if the pipe is clear or not.
Plug Pin Holes
Rust and corrosion are the primary causes of pinholes in your gutters and downspouts. While these tiny holes don’t pose too significant a threat to your drainage system, they shouldn’t be ignored. These small holes are quickly sealed with roofing cement. Scrub the area with a wire brush before preparing the surface. Then, dab the cement onto the holes.
Plug the Large Holes
For large holes, you’re going to need metal flashing to seal the damaged area. As with the pin holes, scrub the area with a wire brush and attach the patch with cement. Once the flashing is set, coat the outer edges of the metal and smooth it with a putty knife.
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