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Maintaining your gutters
Gutters and downspouts work hard to protect your house from moisture damage. If
gutters leak or downspouts are clogged, water can spill out and accumulate near
foundations, soaking the soil and causing foundation walls to settle. In worst-case
scenarios, moisture-laden soil presses in on basement walls, causing bulging and
cracking. Water can even be forced inside by means of hydrostatic pressure.
Steps To Clean Your Gutters
Clean leaves, sticks, needles and seeds from gutters, scooping out debris with a garden
trowel or gloved hand.
Don't try to remove the debris with a hose because that may cause downspouts to clog.
Remove the pasty goo made up from the tiny granules from asphalt roofing shingles
that have mixed with dirt and water.
Flush out residual matter, using a garden hose.
To clean downspouts, turn on the hose full blast and thread it into the drain opening.
Check gutters after flushing for pools that indicate low spots. Gutters should be sloped
about one vertical inch for every 15 to 20 horizontal feet so that they drain properly.
Adjust gutters as necessary.
Install new hangers to hold gutters firmly in place. Typically, gutters are attached with
straps, hangers or long nails inserted through metal collars - a system called "spikes and
Don't bother replacing straps, re-nailing old spikes or adding new spikes. Because you
must pry up roofing materials to replace straps, it's easier to make repairs using individual
gutter hangers with self-tapping screws, available at home improvement centers.
Also replace spikes with gutter screws and matching ferrules.
Fix leaks at seams with silicone sealer. Although patch kits are available for repairing
rust holes in steel gutters, the patches will prove to be only temporary.
If you need to replace your gutter, Tom Wood of Emerald Gutter Services in Eugene,
Ore., says steel gutters generally perform better than aluminum or vinyl. "Aluminum
gutters move too much during weather changes," says Wood. "The expansion and
contraction causes nails and screws to loosen up. And vinyl comes in 10-foot lengths,
meaning there are lots of seams that need to be sealed."
Both steel and aluminum can be installed without intermittent seams, and the best steel
gutters feature baked-on enamel finishes with 40-year warranties.
A Safety Tip
Remember that gutter maintenance often means working on a ladder. As you work, make
safety a priority. Make sure your ladder is firmly planted, and don't stretch to make
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