Gutters and Drains are essential to maintaining the health of your yard. They help keep out leaves, twigs, needles, and other debris that can clog your gutters and cause damage to your plumbing system over time. While most of us have no problem with keeping our gutters clean, if you live in areas where they are prone to algae, moss, pine cones, or other types of tree sap then you will need to regularly maintain them. In addition to clogged gutters, there can also be clogs in your downspouts that can lead to leaks and flooding.
There are a few different styles of gutter systems that you can install on your property. The first is called a traditional gutter system. This consists of a series of downspouts connected to the side of your house. The other type is the vertical system. This consists of a single large drain connected to the side of your home.
Both systems require cleaning gutters. If you have clogged gutters they will not work properly. This means that you will need to remove any existing leaves, twigs, needles, and other debris and place them in a trash bag. As long as these materials are not left sitting around your yard this will prevent future clogs. The next step is to remove any existing holes in your gutters.
The easiest way to check for holes in your downspout is to place a bucket underneath it and gently swirl it around. If the water comes out clean then you have nothing to worry about. If not then you will need to take out the clog in the pipes or sump pump and have it replaced. If you suspect that the water has gone too high into the walls then you should turn off your home’s water supply to the house and hire a professional to deal with the emergency.
If you own an older home then the chances are that the gutters will need to be replaced. The older homes typically experience more problems with their drainage system than the newer ones do. This is because the older systems were not constructed with modern technology and do not create as much water resistance as newer models do. If the gutters are completely clogged then this can lead to leaks, which can be very costly to fix. Even if the leak doesn’t lead to a larger problem, it will devalue the home significantly and will need to be repaired or replaced sooner rather than later.
When you are cleaning the gutters on your property, you need to be careful to only apply the solution and never use a harsh detergent. This will cause damage to both the gutter and the downspout. The easiest way to clean the gutter is with a garden hose. You will need to reach the gutter at an angle and push the hose through the gutter at an angle. This will dislodge any build-up of dirt and debris and if done properly will not damage the gutter or downspout at all.
This article was written by Bob Elliot, Bob is the sales/design consultant for Pyramid Aluminum Inc. https://pyramidaluminum.com/ is dedicated to providing installation designed with an eye to detail and built for the long-lasting value our clients deserve. We are fully equipped to handle any project in the Tampa Bay area. Residential or commercial, no job is too large or too small!