The gutters have multiple functions that justify their installation in houses and buildings. Not only do they avoid the water pipes that fall from the roofs when it rains, but they also suppress the constant dripping in the early hours of the day when the sun undoes the dew of the night. A good roof inspection will find many issues with your roofing system including the problems presetned by the gutters.
But for the gutters to fulfill their function they require a minimum maintenance that goes through their cleaning. We have compiled 5 tips to clean the gutters and help keep them in perfect condition for longer:
Two cleanings a year: at least you have to spend a few minutes in the fall and spring to keep the gutters of the house or building clean. On these occasions we will find leaves, bags that have flown and even nests of birds that have used the facility to raise their chicks. All this can be a huge plug for the drain of the gutter and suppose a breakdown.
Place a leaflet in the mouth of the downspout: it is the most economical measure to avoid jams in the downspout that can become a problem. Simply place a grid or a strainer to prevent sheets and bulky objects from clogging the drainpipe. But it has the disadvantage that it slows down the evacuation of water and can cause the gutter to overflow if it has not been cleaned.
Saw blade for gutters: the alternative that requires more installation is to place a leaflet along the entire gutter. A grid is enough to prevent larger objects from getting in. Although the added disadvantage is that it hinders the correct cleaning of the gutter if the installation is fixed. In any case, the Salvadorans do not exempt from the commitment to keep the gutter clean.
Unclogging the downspout: in case of clogging of the downspout there is a trick that can help solve the problem. It involves removing the jam with the help of an electrician’s wiring guide and some water. It is preferable to start the maneuver from below and not insist if the jam does not yield.
Repair of fissures: fissures can generate accumulation of dirt and drips from gutters. When the fissure is important or affects a considerable length it is convenient to change the gutter section, but if it is small it can be covered in a homemade way using silicone for exterior use.