Let's face it, rain gutters are not very exciting. Most of the time we never even notice them until the rain pours down and over the gutter system. Gutter systems are designed to catch the rain water flowing off the roof during a rain storm or the water from snow thawing in the winter. The water then flows down the gutter into the downspouts. The downspouts divert the water down and away from your foundation. If water is not directed away from the home it can damage wood siding, eat at brick mortar, erode the foundation and flood basements. Water is one of the most destructive forces of nature and is the reason for gutter cleaning and gutter repairs. Keeping you home dry is therefore very important.
For these reasons it is important that your gutter system is kept in proper working order. The most obvious and important way to keep your gutter system in good working order is to keep it clean. Having your gutters cleaned once, in some cases twice a year, is imperative to keeping your gutter system working. However, even if your gutter system is clean, if it is damaged or broken in some way, it will not be able to do it's job properly. This is where gutter repairs become important.
While many gutter repairs are necessary due to normal wear and tear , most gutter repairs become necessary when the cleaning of the gutters has been neglected. When water and ice is held in the gutters by leaves and debris, the extra weight can pull the gutters away from the home. Frozen debris stuck in the downspouts can split the seams. In the long run, the money you spend having your gutters cleaned will save you from having to pay for extensive repairs and, if neglected long enough, replacement.
Here is a list of some typical gutter repairs:
1. The most common gutter repairs we see are sagging gutters. Many older gutters are held in place by long nails or spikes. When these spikes come out the gutter is no longer supported. The way to repair a sagging gutters is to replace the spikes with long screws or to add new brackets. Hopefully no wood has been damaged that may need to be repaired too.
2. The downspouts are another area often in need of gutter repair. If debris gets stuck in the downspout and freezes it can split the seam of the downspout. The downspout and elbow may need to be replaced. The bracket that holds the downspout to the home will often come loose and will need to be reattached to the brick or wood siding.
3. The most obvious gutter repair is to downspout extensions. Gutter extensions often get stepped on and crushed or kicked off entirely. Repairing or adding a new downspout extension is necessary in order to divert water at least 5 feet from you home and foundation.
4.The last of the most common gutter repairs are those dreaded leaks. There may be a seam in the gutter that is leaking. Often times this can be repaired with a seam sealant and maybe a few screws. Some leaks may be caused by gutters that have rusted all the way through. Some of these gutters can be patched and sealed but the gutter will need to be replaced eventually.
Therefore, regular cleaning and repair of your gutter system is important. Perhaps you have noticed a sagging gutter, loose downspout, or have a bothersome leak that drips water right on your front porch. Denver Gutter Cleaning can help! Addressing minor repairs during a routine gutter cleaning is the best way to maintain the integrity of your gutter system. A professinal gutter cleaning service, like Denver Gutter Cleaning, will be able to spot and repair damage before it becomes a bigger, more costly issue. While most gutters are simply in need of repair, some older systems may need to be replaced. A professional gutter cleaner will be able to give you an honest assessment of your system and let you know when it is time to replace your gutters.
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