Rain gutters play a crucial role in channeling rainwater away from the home. A proper gutter system protects siding, windows, doors, roof integrity, and the home’s foundation. Gutter installation, cleaning, and repair are all important aspects of creating a well-functioning gutter system. Make sure you increase the longevity of your gutters by heeding the advice of this guide.
Clean Gutters Twice A Year
Leaves, debris, and other objects will clog up your gutters. This clogging will lead to an overflow of water and will slowly degrade the quality of your gutters. Overweight gutters will pry your gutter loose and the pooling water may make the gutters rust, depending on the material used. Cleaning gutters at least twice a year should increase their lifespan.
The Proper Cleaning Method
For the most part, cleaning gutters is a straightforward process. To begin, start at the drain outlet and use a garden trowel to scoop up objects. Be sure to scoop away from the drain, avoiding the mistake of pushing object down it. Make sure that the debris you’re scooping out goes into a garbage bag.
The second step involves using a hose with high water pressure to push dirt and minor debris through the gutters. Use a brush to scrub away any resilient dirt that refuses to budge.
Lastly, you’ll want to make sure that the part of the drain you can’t see is clear. This is most easily done by using a hose to push clogs through. However, if this doesn’t work, you’ll need to use a plumbing snake to pull debris out from the drain.
Throughout the year you’ll want to pay attention to how the gutters drain. If there appears to be an issue, you may want to consider gutter cleaning. If there happens to be a bigger issue, you may want to call for professional assistance. The Prestigious Rain Gutters install, clean, and repair gutters in the Northridge, Los Angeles, and Ventura Country area.