How do you maintain your gutters and downspouts for efficiency? How can you keep your gutters and downspouts in the best condition to make your basement waterproofing last longer? Do not worry; we have put together tips to guide you in the maintenance of your gutters and downspouts.
It is crucial that the gutters and downspouts attached to your roof are working correctly to prevent basement flooding and make your basement waterproofing last for more years. Here are helpful tips to enable you to get the best of your gutters and downspouts:
Clear and Clean the Gutters
It is crucial that you clear the debris such as leaves, dirt, tree branches, etc. that clog up your gutters. Do this regularly to make sure that water would run unhindered in the gutters whenever there is a heavy downpour. Clean your gutters at least two times a year, and more frequently if there are big trees with branches over your roof. Do the clearing and cleaning at the start of the spring and fall.
One of the causes of permanent damage (like rust) to gutters is stagnant or sitting water. Look through the gutters and ensure that water can flow freely in the gutters. Look out for any poking of rainwater. Remove whatever can cause clogging in the gutters or downspouts. Also, rid your gutters of ice dams so that your gutters can run effectively.
Repair Gutters and Downspouts
Examine the gutters and downspouts on your roof for signs of wear and tear such as rusting, leaking, and disconnection from the roof. Immediately you see these signs, repair the gutters, and replace the damaged sections. Use a wire brush to clean rust and paint the scrapped spots. Apply caulking to the holes in the gutters to block them.
Install Gutter Guards
If your gutters are susceptible to frequent filling of debris, you can install gutter guide over your gutters. Gutter guards are covering made from aluminum for protecting gutters from debris, leaves, branches, etc. This will guarantee a smooth flow of rainwater without any clogging and longevity of the gutters.
Snake your downspouts regularly to get rid of clogging so that water can flow out of the downspouts easily without hassles. Besides, you can extend the downspouts from the roof away from the house to safeguard your basement waterproofing. Call a professional plumber to get perfectly running gutters and downspouts.
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