Caring for Your Home’s Gutters

As we turn our thoughts to the fall season and the cold days that are shortly to follow, it is important to clean and inspect your home’s gutter system. Gutters are an essential part of any house. Gutters collect rainwater from your roof and divert it away from the foundation of your home, thereby keeping your basement dry and damaging water away from your home.

The gutter experts at SAS Services, Inc. remind all homeowners that keeping gutters and downspouts in optimal condition requires regular maintenance. Be sure to clean your gutters at least twice a year; a good rule of thumb is once in the fall and again in spring.

Before you get started, be sure to remove any debris that is on the roof prior to cleaning out the gutters. Otherwise, the next rain will wash all the debris down into the clean gutter, clogging it up again. Also, debris left on the roof can lead to water damming up in valleys or around the chimney, which can cause erosion and roof leaks over time.

Gutters and downspouts must be clear of leaves and debris to do their job. Clogged, jammed drain outlets lead to overflowing gutters, and may even pull the gutters loose. While you are removing debris, check for corrosion, holes, dents, sagging and leaking areas and missing, loose or bent hangers or spikes. Mark problem areas with painter’s tape so you can spot them when you are ready to make repairs.

Be sure to check that the gutters are firmly attached to your house. A gutter that is not properly attached might fall off or pull away from the house, often causing your gutter system to become either ineffective or work at a reduced level of efficiency.

Check that the roof gutters are properly sloped, both in the pitch and in the direction of pitch towards the gutter drains or downspouts. Improperly-sloped gutters will not empty properly and in heavy rain are likely to overflow. Roof gutters should slope at least 1-inch in every 200 inches of run.

After all the gutters are cleaned out and you’ve made sure they are firmly attached to your home, run the water hose down the downspout at full pressure. If the water backs up out of the top, a clog is present. Normally, it can be unclogged by tapping on the side of the downspout. But if that doesn’t work, the downspout and back need to be removed, and it should be flushed from the bottom. If a clog is present, and the downspout is connected to an underground drain, it is best to disconnect the bottom of the downspout from the underground drain. Otherwise, the clog may move to the underground drain.

Some homeowners choose to leave gutter maintenance to the pro’s. Gutter professionals will also make sure your gutters are attached firmly to your home so there is no separation. Gutters are typically attached to the home with special hangers and the gutter cleaning service will replace them if necessary. They will also level your gutter system so that they are at the proper angles to maximize efficiency.

For over 25 years, the roofing and gutter experts at SAS Services, Inc. have been installing and repairing gutter systems all across the metro Detroit area. For your free consultation contact the gutter experts of SAS Services, Inc. at 1-800-CALL-SAS today!

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