The harsh winter months can do a number on the outside of your home—especially if rain gutters are neglected. We agree that gutter cleaning is not the most glamorous chore, but what chore is, really? To keep from having to go out in the bad weather to deal with gutter problems, take care of all necessary maintenance now! With that in mind, here are some maintenance tips to help you avoid costly rain gutter repair in Houston, TX this winter:
- Remove gutter debris: Time and time again, the weather people remind us to get our gutters ready for the rain—yet not everyone takes heed. The fact of the matter is that not clearing your gutters of debris can lead to clogged downspouts, mold growth and rainwater making its way inside your home through the roof after a gutter backup. Though it’s an unpleasant task, snap on a pair of gloves, grab a small scooper and remove all those leaves and gunk. You may want to consider investing in good gutter covers if your gutters are always clogging.
- Inspect all gutters: The best time to inspect your gutters is before the cool, rainy season starts. Look inside for damage, like rust holes or dents, and make sure the gutters themselves are firmly attached to the space in between the house and the roof. Gutters that are pulling away from the house will not do an efficient job of mitigating water. An issue at the corner where two gutter sections meet is also likely to cause water flow issues. If you cannot fix it yourself, schedule an appointment immediately with a professional for rain gutter repair in Houston, TX.
- Look at anchors and seams: Seams that are weakened pose a hazard to the entire rain gutter, as well as to your home. Check seams for leaks, because even the tiniest water trickle can quickly turn into a gushing waterfall, which occurs once the seam tears open. This also lends to poor support. Left in a weak state, a gutter can fall apart at the busted seam during the worst phase of a heavy downpour. While you’re checking the seams, take a look at gutter anchors to ensure there are no gaps between the side of your house and the gutter. Otherwise, rainwater can sneak in, causing mold and internal water damage.
- Check downspouts: Downspouts work with gutters to move water away from your house. Make sure the downspouts are actually sending water far from your home’s foundation and not pooling at the bottom of the downspout. This likely points to an angled downspout due to it (or the gutter it’s attached to) pulling off from the anchors. Also, during the winter months, you should consider detaching rain barrels, because your barrels will fill up too fast and overflow or cause water to back up your gutters.
For new residential or commercial gutter installation or rain gutter repair in Houston, TX, call a company that is known to provide superior service to its customers—contact the folks at Sundance Rain Gutters, Inc. for all your gutter needs this winter, and any time of the year!