Often homeowners neglect exterior items of their home, like the eavestroughs (gutters) and downpipes. But neglecting them can lead to serious problems with both the home’s interior and exterior. That’s why it is extremely important to keep up annual outdoor maintenance on your home to avoid costly problems later on.
If your roof gutters are too high for you to safely take care of yourself, you can always hire a professional for the job. If it’s something that you feel you can safely do yourself, here are some things to keep in mind when caring for your eavestroughs.
Be sure to clean out your eavestroughs at least twice a year. It is important to do this before the temperature drops below freezing, so remember to schedule this in for the fall and then again in the spring.
The gutters need to be cleared of any debris and make sure the drains to the downpipes are open. Clogged gutters can cause many issues like discolouring your siding or causing leaks inside your home. Even something as simple as leaving rotting leaves in there can rot wood fascia, damage shingles, and break the eavestrough itself.
Safely climb up on a ladder to inspect the eavestroughs and see what debris may be clogging them up. You should wear gloves when clearing them out because of sharp metal bits that could be in there or use a garden hand shovel to get out dirt and leaves and put them into a bag that you can hang on the ladder. Once everything is cleaned out, wash the gutters out with a hose and the water should drain properly down the pipe. You can always install mesh screens or leaf guards to make this job easier in the future. If you can, also open any downpipes that have been crushed at the ground. Another thing to inspect is the eavestrough’s nails and then hammer in any loose ones back into the fascia.
Taking the time to inspect and maintain your home’s eavestroughs will help protect your home from precipitation and help minimize water damage to the outside and inside of your home.