The gutters on your home have a critically important job to do — catching rainwater as it flows off the roof and redirecting it away from your home and its foundation. If the gutters aren’t functioning properly, water can back up under the roof edge and damage your fascia, siding, interior ceilings and walls, or pool around your home’s perimeter and cause soil erosion, foundation cracks, and settling. To ensure that your home has good gutter protection so its stays dry and free of damage, you should take these steps:
Clean the Gutters and Downspouts
An accumulation of leaves, twigs, pine needles, and other debris can quickly clog your gutters. To prevent damaging water overflows and backups, clean your gutters out at least a couple of times a year. First, clear out as much collected debris as possible by hand. Then, flush the troughs with your garden hose or, if necessary, a pressure washer, until water is flowing freely out of the downspouts.
Check the Attachment and Slope
The weight of water-logged debris can pull your gutters loose from the fascia so that they sag and become ineffective, so inspect them periodically to ensure they’re still securely attached. You also need to make sure they’re sloped and pitched correctly so collected rainwater flows toward the downspouts and drains away.
Invest in Gutter Guards
If you’d like to avoid the frequent, dangerous chore of climbing a ladder to clean out the gutters, you can have gutter guards installed to keep out debris, but allow water to enter and drain away. There are a number of different types available, but the best ones fit underneath the roofing material and use sturdy, self-supporting hangers so they reinforce and strengthen the gutter system rather than weakening or damaging it.
Have a New Gutter System Installed
If your gutters are in poor condition or not large enough to handle the flow of heavy rains, it’s worth having them replaced. When you’re comparing gutter systems, look for one that’s seamless, free-floating, and uses a truss and bracket for attachment rather than spikes or screws that leave your home vulnerable to leaks, mold, and rot. It’s also wise to have your new gutter system professionally installed, so you’ll know it’s done right and you’re protected with performance and material warranties.
To learn more ways to ensure good gutter protection for your Boerne-area home, contact us at Quality Gutter Systems.Read: Need to Knows About Leaves, Gutters, & Damage