Category: General Published on May 14

Gutters and downspouts serve a vital role in keeping your roof—and your entire home—free from water damage. When it rains, they channel water down and away from your home so that it doesn’t collect and leave pools of water that can seep into ceilings, walls, or basements. Working together, gutters and downspouts are the essential elements of your home’s irrigation system.


Gutters and downspouts serve a vital role in keeping your roof—and your entire home—free from water damage. When it rains, they channel water down and away from your home so that it doesn’t collect and leave pools of water that can seep into ceilings, walls, or basements. Working together, gutters and downspouts are the essential elements of your home’s irrigation system.

When gutters and downspouts are blocked with debris, cracked, or compromised in any way, they are not able to perform the job they’re meant to, placing your roof and home at risk for water damage. Here are a few tips to help you keep your gutters and downspouts in good working order:

  1. Avoid clogs. The best thing you can do for your gutters is take steps to prevent clogs from forming, and the most effective way to do that is with regular cleaning. Gutters should be cleaned at least twice a year no matter what; it’s also a good idea to check them after larger storms that may have caused twigs and leaves to fall. Gutters can be cleaned by removing debris by hand and then running water through them with a garden hose to make sure it is able to flow smoothly and without obstruction. You’ll have to climb up on a ladder to reach your gutters, so it’s important to exercise caution or call a professional to help.

  2. Clear clogs. If you do discover a clog, clear it right away before the problem compounds and results in damage. You may be able to visibly see a clog in a gutter and remove it by hand, but it may be more difficult to pinpoint clogs in downspouts. You’ll know you have one if, when you run water through, it pools up at the top of the downspout. A plumber’s drain snake can help clear clogs in this part of your home’s irrigation system. After removing clogs be sure to run water through the system with a garden hose to clear out any debris that has been loosened and may still be inside the gutter or downspout.

  1. Repair damaged gutters and downspouts. A large hole in your gutters or downspouts may be easy to spot, but tiny holes caused over time by wear and tear may be less obvious. The easiest way to detect them is during the cleaning process, when you are running water through the system. If water trickles out or leaks anywhere, you’ll know you have a spot in need of repair. Small holes can be covered over very easily with a bit of roofing cement, but larger holes may need to be patched with metal flashing. Finally, if you find a really large hole, or a hole in a section of the gutter or downspout that is jointed, you may be better off replacing the piece.

 

 

With a little bit of regular care, your gutters and downspouts will help keep your roof and home safe from water damage. A professional roofer can safely and effectively provide regular maintenance as well as clear clogs and repair or replace damaged sections to ensure optional functioning of your home’s irrigation system.