Gutter maintenance

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Maintaining gutters is the most important thing you can do to prevent water from damaging your house. If you are not equipped or comfortable on a ladder you should call Dovetail Rain gutter.

Rain gutter is designed to catch the water from the roof and channel it to the ground through the downspouts. Make no mistake! gutter systems are essential to the health of your home. They prevent water from damaging paint, siding, landscaping and sidewalks. Raingutter also will reduce moisture in the crawl space or basement. But in order for gutters to do their job properly, they have to maintained and free of debris, holes, and sags.

Luckily, most common gutter problems are easy to fix. And it’s worth the effort. “Raingutters are one of those things where routine maintenance and annual inspections of the gutter system will prevent problems in the future,” says Scott Wuebber, owner of Dovetail Rain gutter systems, Bozeman MT. Here are the gutter problems that the pros see most often, and the recommended solutions

Clogged gutters
This is the most common problem of all. Left unatended, gutters and downspouts get so clogged with debris that they’re rendered useless. The excess weight of leaves, twigs, and standing water can also make them sag and pull away from the fascia.

Clean them at least once a year, and twice a year if you have a lot of trees nearby. You can clean your own gutters if you’re comfortable on a ladder, don’t mind getting wet and dirty, and don’t have an extremely tall house. After you’ve cleared the muck, flush them with a garden hose to make sure they’re flowing properly. If you’d prefer, you can hire someone to do the job for you for between $50 and $250, depending on the size of your house.

Another option for dealing with chronically clogged gutters is to outfit them with gutter covers. These include mesh screens, clip-on grates, and porous foam.

Sagging gutters and gutters pulling away from the house

This is usually a problem with the hangers, the hardware that secures the gutters to the fascia. The weight of snow and ice may have loosened the gutter , the fasteners may have backed out of the wood, or they’re spaced too far apart to support the weight of full gutters. Additional hangars or snow stops on the roof may be required.

About Raingutterguy

Specializing in design, supply,installation and repairs to rain gutter systems. Seamless raingutter, half round gutter and water collection systems.
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