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Maintenence

During a rainstorm, gutters route water runoff from your home's roof to where it can drain away from the house. By doing so, they protect siding, windows, doors, fascia boards and foundations from water damage and help prevent flooding in basements.

To do their job, gutters and downspouts must be clear of leaves and debris. If they are not, rainwater will fill the gutters, back up, overflow, and eventually pull gutters loose from their mountings. Water that pools in troughs will rot wood and rust sheet metal gutters. Therefore, gutters should be cleaned at least twice a year and more often if there are a lot of trees in the area.

There are several steps to follow to ensure your gutters are thoroughly cleaned and properly repaired.   For example: our company scoops out all of the loose debris inside the gutters, blasts the gutters with a hose, clears any obstructions in the downspouts, repairs / re-caulks any leaking areas, re-spikes any loose gutters and re-levels gutters. 

To keep leaves twigs and other materials out of your gutters you may want to consider installing screens / gutter guards. There are two types of protective screens - metal screens that go on top of the gutter and ‘lightbulb’ screens - which prevent debris from obstructing the downspouts. This is a particularly good idea if your downspouts empty into drain lines, since it reduces the possibility of the lines backing up.

Although hiring a “handyman” may seem like a good idea and an easy way to save you a couple of bucks, he may not be as thorough as a professional.  A professional contractor has all the necessary licenses, insurances, tools and ladders to ensure the job is done right.  We do not send cleaning crews! Our actual installers clean & repair your gutters.  Clogged gutters can cause water leakage onto the house as the water backs up. Clogged gutters can also lead to stagnant water build up which allows grasses and weeds to grow in the gutter.

Gutters in colder climates also suffer the effects of freezing.  However this can be mitigated through the use of heating cables placed in the trays that become activated in freezing weather.

 

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