Many people underestimate the importance of keeping their roof gutters clean, but it is one of the most important home maintenance jobs homeowners can complete. There is a lot more to cleaning gutters than just removing leaves, and it is important that homeowners clean their gutters more than just once or twice a year. Here are some reasons why cleaning gutters is so important, and how and when you should clean your gutters.
Consequences of clogged gutters
Clogged gutters can have some serious consequences when it comes to stormy weather. If you want your roof to last a long time, cleaning out your gutters is essential. If gutters are left clogged by leaves, dirt and other stuff that builds up, water will be directed onto the roof instead of down the downspout, which can ultimately lead to flooding inside your home, and cause you to replace your roof. Another consequence of not cleaning out your gutters is the chance that your gutters become so full that they start to pull away from your house and leave damage to your home as well as force you to replace the gutters. Roof repairs and replacements are not cheap, and can definitely be avoided with simple acts such as cleaning the gutters.
How to clean gutters
Once you have removed leaves and other build up from the gutters, Happy Housewife suggests that you flush your gutters to make sure water does not pool or leak. You can do this by running a steady stream from the hose through the gutter and downspouts to make sure water is flowing properly, and that no water is being directed to the roof. Flushing the downspouts should be done from the top as well as from the bottom as leaves and build up can easily become clogged. If you notice any leaks in the gutters or downspouts, repair them immediately so you can rest assured that they are working correctly and you greatly lessen the chance of major flooding.
Preventing gutter clogs and problems
Regular inspections of your gutters and downspouts are the easiest way to prevent clogs that can lead to major problems. Any problems should be taken care of immediately. It is recommended that you monitor fascia boards that are the underside of the roof overhang because if they are improperly fastened, the gutters can come loose and will not work correctly. If the fascia board is made of wood, check for dry rot and mold and take care of any of these problems as soon as possible to prevent bigger problems that will arise if they are not taken care of.
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