Winter gutter maintenance is very important and should be completed annually. Its always worth seeking the help of a gutter cleaning professional to help you with this.
1. Rain Gutter Maintenance
Clean out all rainwater gutters.
The most obvious gutter maintenance job to do in winter is to clean out all the gutters. Cleaning out all the leaves, moss and other debris will ensure two things;
To ensure rainwater can collect into the gutter easily from the roof, and to remove the extra weight from the gutters that can cause gutters excessive, and unnecessary strain. Eastern Roofing say “in order to avoid replacement, it is so essential to have your gutters cleaned on a regular basis.
2. Fall Pipe and Downspout Maintenance
Unblock fall pipes and test them down to the drain.
Fall pipes are the easiest place for blockages to occur, especially if there is a swan neck section that bends the fall pipe around the soffit board. It is sometimes necessary to strip down the fall pipe to be able to clear the blockage and to make sure the blockage does not end up in the drain.
3. Roof Gully Maintenance
Clean out roof gullies
A Roof gully is a v shaped channel that run up and down the roof fold, positioned where 2 roofs meet at a hip, forming a channel that drains rainwater from the roof into the gutter. These can block up easily, and should be cleaned out along with the gutters. These usually run from the gutter edge all the way up-to the tip of the roof, so should be cleaned out be somebody competent or a professional.
4. Floor Gully Maintenance
Clean out floor gullies
Floor gullies are usually installed in front of garages and in areas to prevent standing water or from water sitting against walls. If you have floor gullies, it is important these are cleaned out regularly as they could prevent flooding.
5. Fix Leaking Gutters
It is common for gutters to leak from time to time. After all they are exposed to all elements including wind, snow, rain and temperature changes 24hrs a day 365 a year. Fixing gutter leaks early will extend the lifetime of your guttering system as well as preventing unnecessary problems such as damp, mould and decay.
Although repairing gutters is a simple task, there is an in art making the repair last. A gutter repairs expert will be able to identify and fix leaking gutter joints properly using the correct
Additional General Winter Maintenance Tips
Trim back branches.
Cincy Gutter Boys Say “Branches can overhang over your gutter troughs and cause leaves, twigs, seeds, and other debris to fall in.
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