One of the most important things to do to prevent water damage is to inspect and routinely maintenance water gutters. Water damage can cause number of problems from the foundation of the home to the roof if not properly monitored. Gutter maintenance is a sure way for homeowners to save money by avoiding damage that could occur without it. Essex County roofers can maintenance, repair or replace gutters.
Gutters protect the structure of the house by pushing water away from the foundation and keeping water from accumulating on the roof, which can lead to soft spots or leaks. Water and debris easily can clog these passageways, making them useless and unable to channel water to the downspouts. Gutters are unable to do their job if they are not inspected or cleaned out regularly. Luckily, homeowners can maintenance their own gutters if they choose not to hire a professional. Here are a few simple tips that will help maintain and improve gutter function.
Be sure to check for clogged gutters. This is one of the most common roofing problems homeowners face. Gutter cleaning should be done yearly to prevent any damage. Gutters can become weighed down when filled with water or debris, causing them to pull away from the home. This will cause the gutters to completely detach. The only fix for this type of damage is a replacement or re installment that could end up being very costly and time consuming.
The roofers from All Professional Remodeling of Essex County can assist you with any questions regarding roofing, siding or gutters.
Fortunately, unclogging gutters is a simple. Homeowners should clear away any debris and flush the gutters out with a lawn hose to make sure there is proper water flow.
If gutters are falling or pulling away from the house, the hangers may need replaced. Over time, hangers can deteriorate, causing them to become unhinged. Simply check to see if the hangers have pulled away from the roof and replace them with new ones. This is usually an easy and cheap fix.
Often times, gutters develop holes or leaks, which can be fixed with caulking. A patch will work if the hole is too big to be fixed with caulking. Both of these products can be purchased from a hardware store and are fairly reasonable.
To prevent water from pouring into the basement, make sure the downspouts are placed away from the foundation. This will keep the foundation of the home dry and prevent any water damage or mold buildup in the home.
Routine inspections and maintenance will prevent any long term damage and the need for replacements or repairs. Usually all of these tasks can be completed by the homeowner, but if a home is too tall or large and extra help is needed, it may be best to hire a professional to assist with this project.