One of the most important aspects of your home is the gutters, mostly due to the fact that the gutters are responsible for keeping water and moisture away from the base of your home where the water and moisture can cause foundation issues. Listed below are two tips that can help you ensure that your gutters last for as long as possible.
One of the most important things you can do when it comes to keeping your gutters in good condition is to eliminate any sagging that you may see. Sagging gutters can often be a sign that they are severely dirty and clogged, at which point you will need to clean out any muck, leaves, and other debris that may be weighing down your gutters. In addition, make sure that you clean out your gutters on a regular basis in order to ensure that the sagging doesn't show up in the first place.
Another way to eliminate sagging in your gutters is to replace the standard screws or gutter spikes that are used to attach the gutters to your home with gutter screws. Gutter screws are much stronger and more secure than a gutter spike or regular screw, which means that they will hold your gutters securely in place for longer.
Clear Your Downspouts
Another tip that can help your gutters last for many years to come is to make sure that your downspouts are always clear. The downspouts of your gutter system are the pipes that actually carry the water and debris out of your gutters and away from your home. When your downspouts are clogged, the debris and water will very quickly back up into the rest of your gutters, causing water to overflow or the gutters to pull away from your home due to the weight.
In order to prevent these issues, you will want to make sure that you periodically inspect your downspouts in order to make sure that there are no large items clogging the downspout or that the downspouts are not damaged. An easy way to inspect your downspouts is simply to take your hose and pour some water into your gutters and see if the water flows freely out of the downspout. If the downspout is clogged, you can easily contact a gutter repair service to come to your home and remove the clog and ensure that the downspout works properly.
Eliminating sagging and clearing your downspouts are two simple and very effective ways of ensuring that your gutters continue to protect your home for as long as possible. Talk to a gutter repair professional for more tips.