If you thought that gutter problems only lead to water buildup, you are wrong. Neglected gutters can lead to leakages that even affect the integrity of your home structure. On average, fixing water damage can cost $2,386, but it can be higher if the damage has led to other problems. Identify gutter problems and handle them as soon as possible to avoid costly repairs and replacements.
Cleaning the Gutters
If your gutters have been unattended for a long time, they most likely have debris and all forms of dirt. Get a strong, sturdy ladder and a good pair of shoes and gloves for your safety. As you scoop the debris and dirt, do not lean on the gutters. Instead of carrying a bag with you, consider throwing the muck onto a wheelbarrow or tarp on the ground.
Inspecting the Gutters
After cleaning, it is time to do a thorough inspection of the system. Check for uneven and loose gutters, rust, cracks, and peeling paint. Depending on the intensity of the problem, Summit Gutter Systems recommends hiring a professional roofer to provide a gutter replacement for your home.
Unplugging the Downspouts
Are your downspouts clear of debris? If not, you need to clear them right away. Stick the hosepipe down and use gentle water pressure to unplug. If this fails, disconnect the downspouts and clean them on the ground. You may want to hire a professional roofer for this task as well because it can be tricky, especially if you do not have the right tools for the job.
Water damage is a serious problem. A high percentage of this problem originates from poorly maintained gutters. If you clean, inspect, and repair the guttering system regularly or have a gutter replacement done when necessary, your home will be free from water damage.