Gutter Maintenance: The Basics
Gutters are strong, impressive pieces of household equipment—and they often don’t get the appreciation they deserve. How tough does something need to be to nearly singlehandedly manage the movement of rainwater away from your home? Needless to say, quite tough indeed!
But just because your gutters are durable doesn’t mean they don’t need attention. Just like any facet of your home’s exterior, periodic maintenance is key to preventing service interruptions, premature replacements, and more. Haggerty Windows & Siding, your Urbandale gutter installers, has a brief guide to gutter care below.
Cleaning Is Crucial
Your gutters only have the help of so much gravity when it comes to keeping themselves clean, and most of that goes towards moving rainwater—doing the system’s job, in other words. When debris like leaves or muck build up inside of your gutters, though, they can’t serve as the swift and seamless drain pipes they are intended to be. Instead, water builds up and overflows, making your entire gutter system moot!
That’s why regularly cleaning your gutters is so important; they can literally cease to function without it. You can call a gutter company to do your cleaning, but many homeowners opt into this chore themselves. Regardless, we recommend doing it seasonally.
Mind Your Downspouts
These are the parts of your gutters closest to the ground that make a right-angle shape. Sometimes called—somewhat inaccurately—the elbow, this piece serves as a system lynchpin. Without it, water flows straight down from your gutters, almost as if the system was nonexistent, instead of being discharged safely into your lawn.
Unfortunately, because the downspout is so close to the ground, it can quickly become dislodged with a misplaced footstep or the like. Check on yours frequently; without them, your gutters will struggle to take care of your home.
Know When to Call for Repairs
Become familiar enough with your system to know what’s normal for it and what isn’t. Though yearly checkups for your gutter system are advised anyhow, understanding how it tends to work—seamlessly, we hope—will help you know when it’s time to phone in a gutter contractor between appointments.
Haggerty Windows & Siding: For All Your Exterior Needs
From roof repair to replacement windows, we’re the one general contractor that can provide comprehensive care for your home’s exterior. Reach our Urbandale office today at 515-953-6999.