Addressing Your Rain Gutter System

Orange and red leaves in gutter
Rain Gutters perform a very important function for the upkeep of a home.  It’s main purpose is to funnel water off the roof and away from the home.  Too much water falling close to your home can erode the soil around it, compromising the home’s foundation which could wreak havoc, especially if you have a basement.
Also selecting the correct water discharge locations is essential.  Otherwise it could also cause a problem with water erosion.  Improper locations could cause puddling around the downspout or where the water has been directed, including the walkway area to gain access to your home/entrance. These types of discharge problem can be addressed a number of ways, including rerouting the water via a popup.This is done by adding a drainage pipe to the end of your downspout which would go underground to a popup placed in a location away from the problem area.
Another serious problem homeowners experience with their gutters are caused by the accumulation of debris. Over time, dirt, sand, leaves, sticks, and even trash can find its way into your gutters. When this happens, it will eventually form a clog that can cause rainwater backup inside the gutters. This in turn, can result in damage to not only your foundation but also to the roof itself.
Fortunately, fixing this as well as preventing it, are both easy to take care of.  For prevention, you should make inspecting and cleaning your gutters part of a seasonal maintenance schedule, including the downspouts.  This will help to prevent clogs before they even occur.  If you currently have this issue, simply clear the gutter of all debris.  You can gain access to the gutters by either climbing on the roof or from a ladder.  Just make sure you do not rest the ladder on the gutters, this can potentially damage them.  Once you have accessed the gutter use a pressure washer, compressed air, or even your hands to clear all debris.
Protecting Your Gutters from Clogs
Although many homeowners clean their rain gutters once a year, there are still others who fail to keep track of the signs of clogs to protect their home.  There are plenty of handy men who find themselves are capable of cleaning rain gutters, but maybe not realize the importance of professional maintenance and installation.
Another option to deter the buildup of debris in your gutters is gutter guards.
Gutter guards (also called gutter coversgutter protection or leaf guards) are primarily aimed at preventing damage caused from clogged gutters and reducing the need for regular gutter cleaning.  They prevent the debris from ever entering the gutter in the first place and can reduce the amount of maintenance needed to keep them clean.
If you live here on the shore, you’re no stranger to wind, and you may find that branches on your property are heavily damaged.
If damaged branches are left to sit, a powerful gust of wind or a heavy storm might drop a large branch on your roof and cause thousands of dollars in damage—or break a window and possibly hurt you or your loved ones.
Needless to say, it’s best to err on the side of caution and remove branches before they become a problem.
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