Rain gutter routine maintenance is one of the most important house routine maintenance tasks to carry out externally of your home. Ignoring gutter routine maintenance may possibly lead to damage and pricey repairs of the soffit, fascia, house wall (exterior and interior), roof decking areas, and other structures surrounding your house.
Rain gutters should be cleaned more regularly if there are trees near your place or if there are trees and shrubs in the near local community. During the fall, any time all of those trees start dropping their foliage, you should have the guttering cleared several times.
Make sure to perform your last gutter and downspout routine maintenance / check-up at the end of the fall, when all the tree dried leaves have disappeared. The best option to determine how your gutters are performing is to go outdoors while it is raining and check your downpipes.
To clean out a lightly contaminated guttering, you could use a yard hose and flush the majority of the debris into the downpipe, next pick up whatever failed to make its way down in the down pipe attachment area.
Perhaps it’s likely to wash the guttering from the ground by using a garden hose attachment. In case you have some sort of guttering leaf guards installed, you will need to take them out first.
Always try to use utility gloves to cover your hands from gutters sharp edges and joint screws. Safety glasses are also highly recommended.
For any clogged down pipe, try to use your garden water hose – just be sure the lower of the down pipe is open and free of debris before you stick the water hose into the top opening. Filling a blocked down pipe with water will put plenty of pressure on all joint parts and down pipe supports – it may possibly cause the entire down pipe assembly to fall down.
Flushing the guttering or down pipe with a hose while standing at the top of the ladder can be hazardous. Water filled garden hose is heavy and might pull you down from the ladder – if at all possible, it needs to be fixed / anchored above the area that you are dealing with / not to the ladder!
Gutters on taller houses, with roof tops above the tree line, could very well only need cleaning once a year (or every couple of years), usually in the down pipe attachment area. However, their seams might get damaged and start leaking periodically as well.
It all will depend on on the amount of deterioration – having seen slightly corroded bottom downpipe could be a sign of a seriously rusted interior, and if that is the case the guttering or its portion should will need replacement.
For information on issues with your Alexandria gutter system, contact us today!