If you want your home's eavestroughing to work effectively and efficiently guide rain and precipitation away from your home, you need to pay a bit of attention to them this spring.
Six spring suggestions for your gutters are,
Clean them up.
Spring is the perfect time to pull out a power-washer or high-pressured garden hose and spray water down the troughs of your gutters. This works best when there is one person spraying, and another watching from the ground for leaks. Use a simple plumbing snake to fish-out any debris, trash, or blockages in your gutter system.
Look for leaks.
If you see water escaping from around any segments of your eavestroughing, plan on replacing or tightening the hardware later on. You can use a bit of epoxy or roofing cement around the hardware to further secure them up. Also, check for pools and puddles around the perimeter of your house, which could be indicative of a leak in your eavestroughing.
Tighten them up.
When you are tightening the bolts and screws that connect one segment of your gutter to the next, use the same holes to prevent any leaks in the future. Fill in around the hardware with some roofing cement to finish. If you can't use the same holes to attach segments together, consider overlapping the segments a bit before drilling new holes in the trough.
Get some guards.
Another great project for spring that will preserve the life of your home's gutter is to invest in gutter guards. There are several different kinds, from mesh screen that fits over the troughs to customized plates that fit on the top tightly. Talk with home improvement retailers for recommendations and pricing information.
Direct your downspout.
Be sure to adjust and direct your downspout away from your home's foundation. Since concrete is porous, the water that comes off your roof through your downspout could pose a risk of flooding and water damage in your basement. Use cement blocks, gravel, or bricks to create a pad under the area that your downspout guides water to prevent marshy spots or puddles near your home.
Treat them right.
Be kind to your eavestroughing and it will last well from one season to the next. Never use the gutter as a stabilizer to prop a ladder or scaffolding.
Spring is the perfect time to get some home chores done, including paying a little attention to your gutters. With maintenance, the eavestroughing will gently guide water off your roof and away from your home reliably. If you need new eavestroughing, contact a company like Eagle Eavestroughing.