As a responsible property owner, you should at least be aware of the condition or status of some of the essential features of your home or business. However, chances are great that you neglect to contemplate and checking the condition of your gutters.
You should be paying attention to your gutters for it plays an important role in protecting and keeping your property stable, similar to your roofing and siding. Although the main purpose of a gutter is to channel water away from the foundation of your home, there is more to it than keeping your property’s foundation in good shape.
Your gutter also protects your home and its content from potential water damages and mold growth. If you don’t pay attention to the common problems that gutters may have, you will be opening your property to vulnerabilities that may trigger a host of problems.
Seeing that, outlined underneath are some of the most common gutter problems and some actions you may take to resolve it.
Perhaps the most common gutter concern that you will encounter in your life is a clogged gutter. Gutters that are not properly draining due to the clogging of debris will lead to rainwater overflow. If you will simply allow the water to overflow, it may start to cause some issues with your property’s foundation. That is why it is a must that before the rainy season, gutters must be cleaned and removed of any debris that will hamper the flow of rainwater.
The proven solution to such debris and clogging issue is for you to stick to a maintenance program that may be actualized at least twice a year. Although it would still be highly dependent on your location, the ideal period of removing gutter debris is in the latter part of autumn as all the leaves may have already fallen and during spring. This will ensure that your gutters are ready for the coming rainy season.
If you will not stick to any maintenance program throughout the year, you will not simply be facing an overflow of water, but also of a sagging gutter. Twigs, leaves, and other dirt left uncleaned will weigh down your gutters causing for it to sag. That is why you should keep your gutters clean and well maintained if you don’t want any potential costly gutter repair or replacement. Furthermore, you should also understand that gutter problems may also lead to roofing issues necessitating roof replacement or roof repair.
Aside from clearing the debris that may have accumulated on your gutters, the proper angling can also affects the flow of water. An appropriately installed gutter must have at least a quarter inch for every 3 meters of a gutter.
If you are unsure of whether or not your gutter is properly pitched or angled, simply check whether there are standing waters after a rainstorm. The remaining water in your gutters would suggest that you need to readjust the pitch that might be easy as bending it into place or it might be as complex as requiring a total re-installation of the hangers.
If you will find it difficult and time-consuming to inspect and remedy the said gutter problems and other issues concerning your gutter, you may tap the help of a multi-certified roofing company deliver the necessary repair, replacement, or maintenance as needed. Contact Xpress Construction – your local Ridgewood roofing contractor to schedule an inspection to immediately resolve any gutter concerns. You may call us at (201) 817-2100 or visit us at 15 Bartell Pl, Ridgewood, NJ 07450 for a personal consultation. Contact Us Today!
Here’s a video with proper gutter cleaning tips