Looking after your guttering in the autumn
Posted on Monday, October 30, 2017
During autumn, there is definitely need to have a fully functioning gutter system. As such, you should pay close attention to them and look after them properly. The rain and dropping leaves may result in blockages leading to damp patches and leaks.The following tips will be of great help when looking after your gutters during this autumn.
Carry out regular inspections
Checking out your gutters regularly is a sure way of keeping them in a good working condition. You should not wait until you suspect a problem to check the guttering system. You should be able to take notice of any corrosions, leaks at the joints, damaged hangers or holes.
Protect them with gutter guards
For safety and durability of newly installed or repaired and cleaned existing gutters, you can use guards made of mesh. This will ensure they stay clean as well for a long time. Hence, you will worry less about dropping leaves and other debris. You will not need to carry out more maintenance practices than you should.
Clean your gutters
With the presence of any debris in your gutters, they will not be able to perform their duty of carrying and draining water safely away from the roof. This debris can be removed by hand, a handheld blower or outdoor vacuums. The cleaning job is easier when conditions are a little dry. To avoid compacting any debris as you clean, it is advisable to begin cleaning at the downpipes.
Carry out repairs and patching
After carrying out your inspection and noticed any damages such as cracks and holes, a patching kit can be of help when repairing them. Rust can also cause major damages if not removed as soon as they are noticed. A wire brush comes in handy for the removal of the rust.
Take closer checks at the downpipes in case of persistent leaks
Problems with downpipes often manifest as leaks which do not resolve by cleaning. If you have cleaned the main system of guttering but still have a leak, it is probable that it is a problem with the downpipes. Therefore, remove the elbow joint connection and see if there are any clogs in there. A garden hose or a plumber’s snake can be used for manually breaking the clog.
You should replace any irreparable damages
If damaged beyond repair, certain parts of the guttering system may require replacement. This is often due to reduced or lack of functionality given by any part of the system. You can get replacements for any part of the gutter from most roofing companies.
If not looked after properly, gutters may fail to deliver on their purposes. A lot of people forget that they should keep looking after their gutters until when something damaging occurs. It is of extreme importance to keep them in top shape in autumn. There are many benefits of good guttering systems, which are properly functioning. Water collected from the roofs should be channelled away from the foundation of your building. This is the work of good guttering and helps in the protection of your house. Depending on the material of guttering used, the above tips are very important when looking after your guttering in the autumn.