Friday, November 23, 2018

Fun, Fun: Gutter Maintenance

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Our guttering is not something we tend to give a lot of thought to, is it? After all, it is hardly the most exciting component of our homes! However, the issue is that we often think about it when it is too late, i.e. when our gutters are clogged and problems arise. This can all be avoided with regular maintenance, ensuring you do not experience any expensive repair bills in the near future. But, how do you conduct such maintenance?

Maintaining your gutters

Maintaining your gutters is not difficult. You need to clean out the gutters, giving the downspout particular attention. Water will not drain properly if there are debris and leaves clogging it. You could end up with sagging gutters as well as mud and mildew if you simply ignore this. You can hire a professional gutter cleaning company to do this for you, saving you a lot of time and hassle, and giving you the peace of mind that the clean is being conducted correctly and safely.

Carrying out regular checks

However, if you do this, you should still carry out regular checks on your home gutters to ensure that everything is in working orders. Check to see if there are any leaks, including cracked caulking in the seams as well as holes in the gutters. You should also check the rivets on the downspout too.

Sealing leaks

Another bit of gutter maintenance you can carry out from the comfort of your own home is sealing likes. You should check the joints using a hose, as well as the seams, to make sure there aren’t any leaks. If there are, you should thoroughly clean the area and then use silicone caulk to seal it.

Securing your gutters

It is also important to make sure that your gutters are secure. You can use a cordless drill to change the spikes and use gutter screws, especially if you have loose or sagging gutters. Screws are preferred to standard spikes because they hold a lot better, ensuring a greater level of security and support.

Enlist the professionals from time-to-time

Of course, there is going to come a time whereby you cannot carry out the maintenance required yourself. The task at hand may be too big, or you may have noticed damaged to your guttering. You certainly do not want to risk this getting worse, which is why it is imperative to hire someone with the required experience. This is especially the case during bushfire season, whereby your gutters need a bit of extra attention to say the least, as does your roof!

So there you have it: some useful tips that you can use to maintain your gutters throughout the year. Hopefully, you now feel like you have all of the information you need to protect your home and keep it damage free. A little bit of gutter maintenance can definitely go a long way, helping you to avoid costly repairs.

xxo
Kim

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