Posted on: 19 May 2020
Your home's gutter system is necessary for collecting and draining roof runoff from your home and around your property. With time, this system is going to need maintenance, which you can handle yourself or with the help of a professional service. Here are some ways you can manage your home's roof and property drainage runoff.
Handle Maintenance and Repairs
As your roof's existing rain gutters age, they will begin to show some signs of wear in the form of cracks and holes. Your gutters may also pull away from the roof's edge, and their attachments might come loose with time, resulting in the gutters sagging and allowing water to flow over their edges. These problems will leave water collecting around your home in areas you don't want, often resulting in moisture intrusion into the basement. However, you can repair and patch your gutters where they have become damaged.
There are several DIY repair methods. You can use some roofing cement and silicone roofing caulk to fill holes and cracks in your gutters. You can also cut a patch made of the same materials to fill holes and cracks. Just be sure that you clean the site before applying the patch and that you check your work after to make sure it is watertight. You can also replace your gutters with a new system with the help of a local gutter specialist.
Complete Gutter Cleaning
When your gutters age, they will also continuously collect debris and dirt from weather and nearby vegetation. Depending on the number of trees in your yard and around your property, you might need to check and clean out your gutters more frequently. Professionals recommend cleaning out your gutters at least twice a year, in the spring and fall. More frequent cleaning may be necessary if you have pine trees or a large number of deciduous trees surrounding your home.
A professional gutter cleaning can be of benefit, as the professional will safely access your gutters and clean them without causing damage to your gutters or shingles. Check into a professional cleaning or clean them yourself, but don't allow debris to build up within the gutters. Buildup inside your gutters can clog them and weigh them down, causing sagging and further damage.
Manage Drainage Issues
Also, be sure to check where your gutter downspouts are draining the runoff. Your downspouts should have a diversion pipe to deliver water away from your home or a splash block or other catch basin to collect the excess water and help it soak into the surrounding soil. This will prevent soil over-saturation and standing water issues.
To learn more about gutter systems, contact a gutter contractor.Share