Although homeowners often take their gutters for granted, gutters play an important part in preventing leaks as well as serious water damage.
Your gutters help collect rainwater running down the slope of your roof and disperses it away from your home’s roof, siding, and foundation. However, to ensure your gutter system does its job effectively, it’s important to maintain it. The following are a few maintenance tips to keep your gutters in good shape.
Keep your gutters clear of debris
Because traditional gutters are open, debris (such as leaves, dirt, twigs, branches, and more) will eventually build up. If you don’t have your gutters professionally cleaned on a regular basis, the debris can cause clogs. This will cause water to build up and eventually overflow, resulting in potential water leaks and damage.
An easier way to prevent your gutter system from getting clogged up by debris is by installing leaf screens or micro mesh to your gutters to permanently prevent debris from getting into your gutter system. You can also upgrade your gutter system to a LeafLock system, which will more effectively prevent the buildup of debris without sacrificing the gutters’ ability to collect and disperse rainwater.
Make sure the gutters don’t pull away
Older gutter systems may begin to pull away from the roof, especially under harsh weather conditions (such as high-powered hurricane winds). When this happens, rainwater will roll off the roof, missing the gutters completely and increase the risk of leaks in the roof, siding, and foundation of your house. You should always visually check your gutters to see if they’ve pulled away after a particularly bad storm. You can prevent this from happening by installing a LeafLock gutter system, which snaps onto the roof instead of being nailed to it.
Have gutter damage repaired immediately
Immediately after a particularly bad rainstorm, go outside and check your gutters. If you see water leaking from your gutters, they may need to be replaced. Traditional gutters are installed in sections, and their seams are often vulnerable to potential leaks. Traditional gutters have also been known to spring leaks in the holes where they’re nailed to the home.
Use these maintenance tips to make sure your gutter system continues to do its job properly. For information about upgrading your gutter system with SnapLock gutters are leaf protection, contact us at Quality Gutter Systems today.