Rain is a welcome relief when it is hot and humid outside, but what happens when a hard rain hits? What chaos lies in wait for homeowners? The two biggest problems most homeowners face after a hard rain are clogged gutters and downspouts. The best to combat damaged or clogged gutters and downspouts is to keep them clean and clear of debris build up.
Now that the weather is great, and no rain is insight, this is the best time to clean out those gutters and clear out those downspouts. Old worn out gutters and downspouts should be replaced with newer updated models.
How to Recognize Clogged Gutters
The only way to know for sure, whether or not the gutters and downspouts are clogged is to check them out. Visually inspecting the gutters and downspouts, following a heavy hard rain, will let homeowners know whether or not their gutters are clogged or not. There are also other indicators that let homeowners know if these problems exists.
When gutters and downspouts are clogged, water falls in odd places. Instead of water draining on the side of the house, it drains inside the basement, or inside the home, around the edges of the ceiling, and sometimes in the middle of the ceiling. Recognizing clogged gutters early can prevent major roofing problems.
Clogged clutters will not allow water to drain from the roof. If this is the case, standing water can cause the roof to leak, or cave in. Therefore, checking the gutters and downspouts for trapped leaves, dead birds, squirrels and fallen branches is appropriate. Any of these items can clog the gutters and downspouts, if they are not removed.
If any of these items are present, the next step is to clear them out as soon as possible. The best time to clear out the gutters and downspouts is immediately after fall, or after a really heavy rain. During the fall, and even during autumn leaves continually fall. As the leaves pile up they make a impenetrable bed, that makes it difficult or virtually impossible, for water to seep through the gutters or downspouts successfully.
Upgrade Old Gutters and Install Gutter Guards
Unclogging gutter and downspout debris is simple. The key is to clear the gutters and unclog the downspouts, so water can exit freely. Without the best fitting gutter guards this is not possible. Most homeowners are not familiar with gutter guards of the important role they part in protecting a home, particularly the roof.
Installing gutter guards allow the water to drain onto the ground, not inside the home. Leaves and other debris are trapped, before they can do any serious damage. Choosing the right gutter guards will determine whether or not the roof and home is fully protected.
For a free estimate to install gutter guards on your own home, call us at 919-630-0527.