Your gutters play an important role in protecting your house from excess water. If they are in disrepair, moisture build-up can damage the integrity of your home. However, according to the pros at Howell Roofing, “Most people realize that clogged gutters can cause water damage to the base of the home, but overflow from the gutter can flow upwards, too.
As water wicks into the sheathing of the roof, it could begin to rot the wood of the rafters.” So, cleaning your gutters of debris can safeguard not only the base of your house but also the roof itself from the negative effects of wind, rain, and snow. Here are some helpful tips that may prevent your house from needing major gutter and roofing repairs.
Gutters can only handle so much weight; they need to be kept empty of leaves and other fragments to properly do their job. If cracks or fissures appear, the dependability of your gutters diminishes.
To keep your gutters in sufficient working order, check them routinely for damage and replace them the minute problems arise. Companies that specialize in gutter repairs and cleaning, seal cracks or holes in the metal, install edges for proper flow, and replace or strengthen the entire gutter system.
If the gutters on your home are damaged, the nearby wood can rot and warp, roofs can leak, and pathways can become a hazardous, icy mess. Even seemingly inconsequential gutter issues can turn into major concerns with time. Cleaning your gutters twice a year is recommended for the best results. There are businesses that can do the dirty work for you while you sit back and relax. You can also do the repairs on your own if you have the right tools and use safety precautions.
There are clues that signal when your gutter is in disrepair: if there are stains that originate from the top or back of the gutters, the gutter is separating from the house, or you can see rust deposits through the gutter itself, there is most likely a problem. If you hire a company to clean your system, they will usually check the gutters for any damage as they clear them out. Most services also include minor adjustments such as the tightening of screws and moving of spikes with your cleaning. If you take a few precautionary measures, your gutters should remain in good working condition.
Mike Morin is a home maintenance and repair expert. He constantly writes and shares his knowledge on his blog XLHomeImprovementblog.com. You can find Mike on Twitter at @MikeOnARoof.