Whenever the house requires an improvement, few homeowners would check their gutter to see if it requires a fix or an upgrade. Regular conservatory and gutter cleaning would help in preventing foundation related problems that dangerously compromise the integrity of the house. As a homeowner, you should be aware of the things to look out for when it comes to gutter problems. Here are some tips to help you maintain the gutter in good working condition.
Gutters need to be pitched toward the downspouts for the water to flow properly. You want at least a quarter inch of slope for every 10 feet. Get on a ladder after a rainstorm and look in the gutter, if there's standing water then it's not pitched properly. To correct this yourself, you'll need to measure from the peak to the downspout. Snap a chalk line between the two and find the spots where the gutter is out of alignment. You might be able to push it up into place by bending the hanger. If that doesn't solve the problem, you might need to take a section down and rehang it. If you have seamless gutters, call the company that installed them to correct the problem. Even the most expensive and elaborate gutter system won't perform well unless it is properly maintained.
Two of the most common rain-gutter problems are clogging and failure to drain collected water far enough from the home's foundation. Many do-it-yourselfers use wire strainers or leaf traps in downspouts in an effort to prevent clogging. While such traps will keep downspouts clean, the traps themselves can quickly clog up with leaves and debris, preventing water from draining into the downspouts and causing overflowing of the gutters. Regular conservatory and gutter cleaning can help prevent the accumulation of leaves and dirt inside the gutter. Downspouts need to extend several feet from the house, or they'll dump right into the basement. Gutter extensions attached to the bottom of the downspout will discharge water well beyond the foundation. They're inexpensive and easy to install. Other option is to extend the downspout four or five feet and screwed on.
Posted by Lowell Cos on 24 September 2014, 4:59 PM
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