Repairing & Cleaning Your Gutters After Winter
March 19, 2018 - by Tony Earnshaw
The end of the winter season signals a new phase for home maintenance. Attention swings away from jobs inside the home to those on the exterior. Niggling tasks now become a priority. And one of the most important tasks for householders at this time of year is checking, clearing and repairing gutters.
The Role of Gutters in Protecting Your Home
The gutters of a house play an essential role in protecting a home from water damage as they drain rainwater off the roof and direct it away from the building. Worn, broken or damaged gutters simply cannot do their job properly. This may not seem like a big deal but it can soon lead to blockages and water back ups. Within a surprisingly short space of time, water can cause a lot of damage to the roof, the fascias, the soffits and even to the walls near to the blockage.
Winter Damage to Gutters
The winter season is very hard on gutters. Debris such as leaves, twigs and moss can build up unseen. The wind and rain are more likely to blow and wash leaves onto roofs in winter and eventually into the gutters. Before long, water can start to seep out.
In addition, broken and damaged gutters can cause a lot of damage. Heavy rain and wind can dislodge fixings and downpipes. The weight of snow and ice can cause gutters to pull away from the house and open up gaps through which water can leak. If these problems are addressed quickly, it is possible to prevent the gutter from sagging and causing even more damage.
Working on gutters is a high-level activity and without the correct expertise and equipment it can also be dangerous. This is one household task that is best left to the professionals.