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CLEANING GUTTERS


Keeping gutters clean is a task that is so often over looked—and yet so important. Why? Because of Mother Nature’s

gifts of rain and fire.
   The first—rain—is obvious: when it rains heavily, blocked gutters will overflow in all the places you don’t want them to. The kind of damage this can do in even a short amount of time is remarkable. Water leaking onto roofs and down walls can cause thousands of dollars worth of damage. Over the long term, mold is a potential problem that’s not just smelly, but dangerous to you and your family’s health, and again, it can cost thousands of dollars to eradicate once it gets going.
   The second reason to clean your gutters is that it just might save your life—especially if your property backs onto a park or woodland. Even if you’re a city dweller, gutters full of dried leaves are a tinderbox waiting to ignite. Dried leaves will accelerate the pace of any fire and could make the difference between saving your house, other people’s houses, and even lives.
   So clean your drains—it’s easy and can save thousands. Do it twice a year at least. A leaf blower is an easy way to go. You can also use a hose, though you have to decide if wasting a bunch of water is less environmentally friendly then running a motor. Use a trowel to remove leaves, twigs, and other debris. Be sure to use a ladder and climb up to check the full length of the gutters. Just one little spot left un-cleaned can result in a backup.
   Keep gutters and downspouts clean so that rain falling on the roof is directed well away from the foundation. Almost all wet-basement problems arc the direct result of water collecting near the foundation of a house, a situation often caused by clogged and overflowing gutters and downspouts.
   Check the slope of gutters with a level, and adjust them, if necessary. Gutters should angle toward the downspouts so water flows freely rather than hanging out in the gutters and encouraging buildup and rust.

 

Test your cleanup job. You must waste a bit of water to test your gutters and downspouts. But don’t worry. . . wasting a little now will help you save a lot more in the future. Put a hose at the top corner of your gutter and make sure that the water flows freely down the downspout.

 

PATCHING LEAKS
If you have minor leaks in your gutters, you can use a gutter patching kit to make temporary repairs. However, if there is a big leak or a lot of damage, you will need to replace the entire section of gutter. Read the manufacturer’s recommendations and directions before purchasing a gutter repair kit. Grab the one that makes the most sense for the climate you live in, and follow the directions.

 

TIPS:

  • Don’t have a trowel? Try cutting a rectangular motor-oil container into a scoop. It is just the right size and fits into your hand perfectly.

  • If there is a clog in the downspout, try prying it free with the handle of a broom. Test with water from a hose. If you still have a clog, try some homemade water pressure.

  • You can go a step further and shield gutters with mesh gutter guards to prevent future clogs.

 

 

 

 

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