If your roofing system has half-round gutters, it is essential that you take good care of them by cleaning and maintaining them on a regular basis. Here are some tips for accomplishing that.
Clean the Gutters Regularly
The first thing you need to do with half-round gutters, just like other styles of gutters, is to keep them cleaned out on a regular basis. The buildup of debris causes extra weight and stress on the gutters, not to mention affecting how well water drains away from your home, and can even put you at risk fo ice dams in the winter. Use whatever tools you find easiest when cleaning out the gutters. Some people prefer putting on gloves and removing the debris by hand, while others like to use gutter nozzles on their vacuum or use long tong-like tools to remove the debris.
Inspect the Gutters For Signs of Damage
You also want to inspect your gutters regularly, often after you clean them out. While half-round gutters are dependable and should last a long time, they won't last forever. You need to look for signs of damage like gaps between the seams, cracks, or holes. Some of these forms of damage can be repaired, while more severe damage might require having sections of the gutters replaced. If you had ice dams, they might have done damage to the gutters, which requires replacing them. Inspecting the gutters also lets you know when they are starting to show wear and tear, which is a sign they are older and should be replaced with new ones.
Complete Minor Repairs
While a roofing contractor is often needed for replacing sections of the gutters, some repairs can be done on your own. For example, if the seals are starting to get worn, you should be able to remove the old sealant and add new sealant. This will keep the sections of the gutters attached much more efficiently. If the gutters have minor cracks or holes, they might be small enough to patch up yourself. However, don't try to make small repairs with corrosion and rust, large, holes, or long cracks in the gutters.
Check the Downspouts
In addition to the gutters, you also need to check the condition of the downspouts. These are what keep water and debris from running down the side of your house after going through the half-round gutters. Even if you have gutters in perfect condition, cracks and holes in your downspouts will put your home at risk. Clean out the downspouts if you find debris in them and inspect them in the same way you did your gutters.
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