Just as how you have to take care of the roof of your home and its other systems and components, you also have to take good care of the rain gutters and downspouts to keep things working correctly and to avoid repairs. The information here can walk you through some of the ways you can care for the gutter and downspouts –
Keep the gutters cleaned out safely
Rain gutters can easily get neglected because it can be hard to know that it's time to clean them if you aren't specifically checking them while having a good view of them. When you do clean them, you want to be sure you are careful. You can clean them from the roof if it is safe to do so. Make sure you have thick gloves on so you can avoid getting splinters from sticks and other debris that may have got in them. The gutters can even have sharp pieces and screws exposed that can cause you to cut your hands if you work without gloves.
Make sure everyone knows you are cleaning the gutters so they don't come outside and stand where you are going to be tossing the debris to the ground. Only go on the roof when the weather is nice and if you feel completely safe and competent in doing so. Otherwise, there are other ways to clean the gutters while remaining on solid ground.
- You can use a wet vac with an extender pole and a curved end that you can use to fit in the gutter from the ground and suck the leaves and other stuff right out of them.
- You can also purchase a picker stick that is specifically designed to reach in them and clear them out.
- You may be able to climb on a ladder and scoop everything out, but you should make sure you have a helper who can help keep the ladder steady.
Properly maintain the downspouts
Don't ignore the downspouts when you are checking things out. Make sure they are still properly connected the way they should be or they won't do their job. Also, it's a good idea for you to run some water down the downspout and verify that the water comes out without issue. Otherwise, this can mean that you have something stuck in it that will prevent it from working when it rains and you need it to.
Check the gutters and downspouts for rust
While you are checking everything out you want to make sure you don't see signs of rust. If you do, then you may be able to take care of small areas on your own. You can use a piece of steel wool to remove the rust and then spray matching paint on the area, followed by a clear coat of protectant. For more information, contact companies like Absolute Roofing.