Downspouts and gutters are common fixtures for every home, but homeowners don't often think about them until it's too late. When the fall hits full swing, it will be important to keep these areas clear in order for them to work effectively. So, what's the big deal? Why should you worry so much about these fixtures that you hardly ever see? Here are just a few reasons why you should regularly check your downspouts and gutters:
They could be blocked
In the fall, especially, it's extremely easy for your gutters to become clogged, but this type of instance could happen at any time throughout the year. In fact, a blocked gutter is one of the leading reasons that this fixture may not work properly. A variety of debris can be obstructing your gutters and downspouts, including leaves, animal nests, ice and sticks.
If you have a number of tall trees that tower over your home, fall is certainly a harrowing time of year for your gutters. Homeowners can generally expect to clean these areas twice a year, but depending on how many trees you have and what type they are, you may need to check them up to four times a year. For example, pine trees will shed a lot more than oak trees, which should factor into when you clean your gutters.
It could damage your home
When your downspouts and gutters aren't working as expected, it could negatively impact your home and cause additional problems down the road. When gutters overflow, water could intrude into the house, erode the foundation and rot wood. In turn, this moisture could lead to mold and mildew developing within your walls. If any of these instances were to happen, it could be costly and time-consuming to fix. These are major issues for any homeowner, but they can be easily avoided simply by keeping the gutters and downspouts free of obstructions. You should also take the time to ensure that your fixtures are tightly fastened to the home and are in good condition.
They are easy to clean
The concept around clearing out your downspouts and gutters is relatively easy, but doing so can take some work. Luckily, you can complete this task on your own, assuming you're okay with heights. You can use a garden trowel or small hand rake to pull debris away from the downspout. You'll then want to put this waste into bags to get rid of later. Once you've cleaned an entire length, you can use a hose to clear any spots you missed. If you feel uncomfortable bagging up the debris up top, throw it down so that it can be raked up safely.
If you're hesitant to go up to your gutters or think that there's a problem with one of your fixtures, call your local Abbotsford Roto-Rooter plumbing expert. They have the tools, knowledge and expertise to locate issues and fix them appropriately the first time.
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