You may never think twice about the gutters on your home or the important job that they perform daily. However, maintenance and repairs on your gutters can mean the difference between your home’s roof standing strong or needing costly roof repairs. Your home gutters perform the critical job of catching and removing the rain and snow water that lands on your roof. If your gutters are dirty and full of debris, the water sits there and has the potential to cause damage to your home. That is why maintenance is so critical. Check out these fall gutter maintenance tips to help you ensure your roof stays intact for years to come.
Gutters that have been correctly installed on your home should have a slight slope headed towards the downspout. If the angle gets moved due to wind or debris hitting it, it could cause a backup. Make sure to keep a watch on what the angle of the gutter is and make adjustments as needed.
If you notice that your gutters are pulling away from the home or look loose, you need to make repairs. If there has been standing water, for any reason, in the gutters, the weight can cause the piece to pull away from the home. This is typically a simple fix by installing fascia hangers to help hold the gutter in place.
Make sure that you check regularly for leaves or debris that may have collected around your gutters. This can cause the gutters to become blocked and hold water against your roof. That leads to rotting wood and damage to the roof itself. Keep an eye on the gutters and do regular cleaning to help them do their job properly.
Your downspouts can have wear and tear as well as your gutters. Do a regular inspection on them every so often to make sure there’s no damage preventing them from draining properly. Make sure they are tightly fastened and have not come loose from the home.
You can inspect your gutters for holes or leaks by simply running a water hose over your roof. As the water comes off the house, you’ll be able to watch the gutters and downspouts to see where any problem areas may be. Gutters that are not seamless can have issues as they age around the connections. This is an area you want to pay close attention to.
By maintaining your gutters properly, you can protect your roof and your wallet from costly repairs down the road. If you need to replace your home’s gutter system, our team at Oceanside Exteriors is ready to assist! Reach out to our team today by calling us at (207) 310-7659 or by filling out our team’s online contact form. We look forward to hearing from you and assisting with your gutter replacement needs!