- What is the cause of blocked and damaged gutters?
- How to fix blocked and damaged gutters
- A better solution for gutter problems
Can you remember when you had your gutters cleaned? If you answered no, you need to get on that stat before a more severe problem sprouts up. While your gutters may be out of sight, they should not be out of mind. They play an important part in the safety and integrity of your of your home.
Keeping your gutters clean is the easiest way to avoid costly repairs down the road. Your gutters have a sole purpose — to help rainwater get from your roof all the way down to the drain. While the gutters are a very important part of your household, they are often neglected until a serious problem draws attention to them.
If you end up with broken or clogged gutters, you can face some serious consequences. You will get costly damages to repair and possibly even health issues if the problem gets bad enough.
Whether your gutters are made out of steel, plastic, or iron, you need to clean them — or have them cleaned — no less than once a year otherwise they won’t be able to do their job efficiently and you’ll break the bank when it comes time to pay for all the repairs down the line.
What is the cause of blocked and damaged gutters?
The key point to remember, is that a blocked gutter is significantly more vulnerable to damage that a clean gutters. Two of the commonest issues that homeowners deal with are blocks inside the downpipes as well as blockages in the gutters themselves.
The blockages that affect your gutters are most frequently caused by organic debris like moss, leaves, and sometimes even dead animals. The simplest way to find out if you need a gutter repair is to head on out while it’s raining (with a raincoat, of course.)
If you see water pouring down the sides of your house or off your roof, the gutters are most likely blocked. Another common problem is leaking from gutter joints. In the UK, leaking gutters are now the most frequent cause of dampness and moisture problems.
Leaks can manifest whenever small pieces of debris are caught within the joining points of your gutters. They can also be a result of years of wear if your gutters are old or improperly maintained. If you notice dampness in your home, the first place you should check is your gutter.
Another red flag that you should keep a lookout for is gutter which sag. Gutters sag when they are weighed down because of large volumes of stagnant water or organic debris. Sagging gutters can also be caused by the presence of faulty brackets and old, rusty screws.
Regular cleaning of the gutter can prevent these problems and help you to nip any rising issues at the bud before you have to spend your hard-earned cash on costly repairs.
How to fix blocked and damaged gutters
If your home has blocked or damaged gutters, the simplest way to take care of the problem is to phone a pro. Be sure to get the equipment ready prior to making a service call. Some trash bags and thick gloves along with a water hose and tall ladder should be more than enough for them to fix your problem.
If you have gutters that are made out of synthetic materials like PVC, be sure to let them know so that they do not use metal tools — which might lead to further damage and more expenses for you down the road.
Once the professionals have found the blockage, they will remove large debris using a scoop. However, if the block is in the downpipe rather than the gutter, they will use a wire to clear the debris out completely.
After they have removed most of the debris, they’ll run some water down the gutters to clear out any remaining grime. Once the cleaning process is complete, you can use the hose to test the gutters by spraying water on your roof and seeing where the water comes down from – hopefully it will flow properly through the gutters.
If the water comes down through the edges of the roof, you have chosen a bad contractor. On the other hand, if the water is never seen or heard from again, you had better get that clearer on speed dial.
A better solution for gutter problems
The only long-term solution to gutter problems is maintenance. Periodic maintenance, in general, is the best way to prevent the need for repairs, and this rule carries over to gutters.
You should be getting any gutters maintained and cleaned annually, but the more frequently you have it cleaned, the lower your chances of developing a problem are. The ideal time is the start of winter. Once the leaves have dropped from trees, but when the ice is yet to come.
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