Inspect: Start by inspecting your gutters. Simply inspect your gutters at least twice a year for a variety of things. Are your gutters sturdy? Do they look decayed or old? Are they clogged? If you answered yes to any of these questions, that’s an indication you need to pay more attention to your gutters.
Clean: You should clean your gutters at least twice a year. Ideally, you should clean your gutters more than that. But, sometimes it’s hard to take enough time out of the day to clean your gutters.
Look for Loose Objects: Even the best gutters will eventually have loose objects within them. Loose objects include debris from contractors, roof granules, leaves, and pines. While it’s normal to find a few loose objects in your gutters, there shouldn’t be any overwhelming piles. But, if you regularly inspect and clean your gutters, you won’t have to worry about any pile ups.
Check Long-Term Standing Water: Sometimes, loose objects pile up and create a blockage. This will cause long-term standing water. If this happens, simply clean out the loose objects and hose your gutter until water can freely move through it. But, if you notice an area of long-term standing water and no blockage, your gutter could have an obscure structure. In other words, the downspout might have shifted or been improperly installed.
Maintain a Clean Landscape: Most of the time, pile ups and blockages are caused by leaves, branches, and pines that come from nearby trees. If you want to minimize the chances of this happening, make sure to maintain a clean landscape with trimmed trees that aren’t leaning or rubbing against your gutters.
Secure Downspouts: The downspout is argumentatively the most important part of a gutter. Without a downspout, a gutter wouldn’t be able to properly function and regulate water. Thus, it’s important to make sure that your downspouts are secure and can easily allow water to flow through. Once you think your downspouts are secure, you should spray a hose down your gutters to ensure water flows freely.
Use Top Quality Materials: If you really want to have top quality gutters, simply use top quality materials. It’s no secret that some materials are better than others. Take advantage of research, professionals, and resources, and look into purchasing and using the best quality materials.
Hire a Professional: Overall, maintaining clean, durable, and functional gutters can be difficult. If you don’t want to maintain your gutters by yourself, or you want to repair or renovate your gutters, call a professional like Evergreen Construction Solutions today!