It’s summer. The sun is shining, the birds are singing, and your eavestrough looks disgusting. You know what that means? You need to spend a large portion of your off-day taking a look at your eavestrough and employing the necessary maintenance measures to ensure your gutter is clean and your roof is protected from nature’s harmful elements.
Here are five tips to maintain your eavestrough this summer:
1. Clean the Eavestrough with Your Bare Hands (or Gloves)
Every couple of weeks, it would be great if you could clean your eavestrough. A lot of nature’s elements, particles from your home, and a wide array of other factors can land into your eavestrough. This can create a long-term headache.
So, grab a pair of gloves, erect your ladder, and start clearing the eavestrough. For now, just toss the gunk to the ground and clear it up afterwards.
The main objective is to have a free-flowing eavestrough.
2. Straighten Out Your Eavestrough
Over a long period of time, your eavestrough begins to fall apart and starts to sag in one section or another. The longer you ignore this problem, the worse it will become.
Your best option is to straighten it out almost immediately before it snowballs into a disaster.
Here are a few suggestions:
- Tighten the fastener that holds the eavestrough to your home.
- Life up the sagging part of your eavestrough.
- Use additional metal brackets to keep it sturdy and leveled.
You have likely noticed dilapidated buildings in your neighbourhood that ignore their eavestrough. As a result, they’re falling apart and do very little in managing the flow of water.
3. Notice a Leak? Patch the Small Repairs
Every eavestrough will eventually become rusty or experience a leak. But it is your job to be on the lookout for these things and then immediately repair or replace the eavestrough.
For a leak, all you need to do is patch it up with plastic roof cement.
For rust, you just need to scrape the rust and wipe it clean with paint thinner.
That is all you need to do. By doing this from time to time, you can extend the lifespan of your gutter.
4. Attach Additions to Extend Flow
Some eavestroughs are too short or are not downpouring into an underground drain. So, what’s the solution? Attach some additions in order to extend the flow.
Ultimately, you will want to add several feet of more downspout to an elbow at the bottom of the eavestrough to help redirect the runoff away from the foundation – remember, one of the worst things that can happen to your home is to have a puddle of water seep into your foundation!
5. Remember, Safety First!
Sure, your eavestrough may only be a few feet ahead of you, which means you don’t think it’s necessary to wear safety gear, use a sturdy ladder, and be aware of your surroundings.
That said, there are thousands of roofing accidents every single year in Canada. You don’t want that to be you. Even if you think it is unnecessary, it would be your worthwhile to sport the right clothing, wear a helmet, have your gloves, and, most important of all, erect a stupendous ladder. You don’t want to fall off the roof or your ladder and then think, “Darn. I should have been safer.”
An eavestrough can serve as a shield for defending your home’s roof from a variety of problems.
It is summer, which means many homeowners want the opportunity to start taking better care of their humble abode. For some, this starts in the backyard. For others, this begins in the garage. For you, it commences with your eavestrough. Just be sure that you are employing the right maintenance measures this summer.