So what are gutters and why do we have them?
Gutters are part of your roofing system, they help divert the water away from your house that your roof sheds during a rain storm and from snow & ice melting. When working properly gutters protect your home from water intrusion. When not working properly your gutters can cause major damage to the structure and could cause health concerns from mold, and slip hazards during the winter. That is why it is very important to properly inspect and maintain your gutters.
Gutter maintenance includes cleaning and inspecting the gutters for leaks and defects. Your gutters should be cleaned and inspected twice a year. This is usually done in the Spring and Fall time of the year, as these are crucial times of the year for the gutters to be functioning properly. The cost of gutter cleaning and the inspection usually starts around $150 and goes up from there according to difficulty, size of the house, and height.
Cleaning the gutters consist of removing the debris caused by trees surrounding the house and your roof’s shingle granules. You should also flush the downspouts with water to make sure they are not clogged. Sometimes the downspout will need a rod ran down it to unclog it, or need to be taken apart if the clog is really bad.
Inspecting the gutters is more difficult than the cleaning and should be carried out by a professional who will know what to look for. A gutter inspection will consist of checking the drip edge, pitch, hangers, fasteners, corners, outlets, seams, and downspouts. If repairs are needed it is a good idea to address them at this time while the professional is still at your home. If you put off the repairs it will cost more later due to the contractor having to make another trip out to your home.
There is also some signs you can lookout for that will reduce the amount damage that could occur from improperly functioning gutters. You can do this by going outside during a heavy rain to see if there is water making it’s way over the front edge of the gutter or water leaking from the seams, and corners. You may also see signs of water stains and even dripping inside of the house on the ceiling. Another sign is in the winter you might see ice buildup on the concrete below a seam or corner. If you notice any of this you should contact a professional to get it fixed immediately.
Well I hope this has helped give you a better understanding of what your gutters purpose is and what your gutter maintenance schedule should be. If you would like to schedule a gutter cleaning and inspection give us a call today @ 708-752-2424.