5 Tips for Maintaining Your Gutters and Downspouts

How often do you do maintenance on 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.

Prevent Clogging

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 by annual maintenance. Also, rid your gutters of ice dams so that your gutters can run effectively.

Repair – Gutters and Downspouts Maintenance

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.

Clean Downspouts

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.

About Draintony

We are a locally owned and operated plumbing company, providing residential and commercial owner plumbing services. We specialize in; Basement Waterproofing, Sewer & Drain Repair, Drain Cleaning, Sump Pump Installation, Clogged Toilets and more. Our team at Draintony is dedicated to providing you premier waterproofing and drain plumbing services.