Cleaning Your Roof Gutters
Cleaning gutters can be a tedious and nerve cracking exercise, however, they serve an incredible role in our home hence cannot be left unattended to when damaged.
The common cause for leaking and damaged gutters include wear and tear, rust, weather damage and many more. Some of these causes are inevitable which requires that we keep consistent checks on our gutters to identify possible areas of weakness.
Gutters are crucial in preventing water damages, they work by draining away roof water through systems of downspouts thus preventing the accumulation of water around the basement, they prevent soil erosion mould growth and structural damages on foundations.
Considering the crucial role of having working gutters it is recommended that you do regular preventative maintenance to identify minor leaks that could result in potential damages. Taking your time to regularly inspect your gutters could be of great importance in establishing possible leaks that can destroy your gutter system. If you are unsure how to go about testing your gutters for leaks or doing roof gutter repairs yourself, we recommend the following tips.
Leaking gutters are easier to spot when is it raining for instance, when you see water dripping from your gutters when it is raining it is clear your gutter has leaks, but how are you going to detect leakages when it is not raining? It is simple, you will need to unclog the gutters if there is the presence of water or ice pediments you also need to clear them. In the process you will need a ladder; you need a bucket and a running hose with a spray nozzle, a small towel, a whisk broom and a putty knife.
Testing For Leakages
Find the position: In finding the position you need to set up the ladder in a position that allows full access to the gutters. When positioning the ladder make sure the base is stable enough to sustain your weight, make sure that the ground is stable and solid enough to sustain the pressure exerted on it. Remember not to lay the ladder directly on the gutter this can bend or damage them.
Clear the gutters of any debris: For clogged gutters, you need to get clear all the leave pediments and any debris therein. If you have a low placed gutter you can use a stepladder but if you can’t reach the gutters use the main ladder instead. Use the putty knife to dislodge the debris and dirt from the gutters.
Run the hose: Next, take the hose to your position, place it in the gutter and turn it on. Use the running water to rinse the gutter while checking the flow.
Look For Draining Water
Walk the running hose around the perimeter of the gutter and determine any water drains occurring where they should not be. Take note also of any areas where water is appearing yet it shouldn’t be there.
Mark The Areas For Immediate Repairs.
If the repairs are not DIY repairs it wise to consult roof repair consultants, otherwise the idea is that the leakages should be attended to as immediate as possible.
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