DIY Home Improvements Plan

Pattaya Property Improvements – DIY Home Improvements Plan

Maintaining your guttering and extending its lifespan

Over the last few weeks we have had a very high level of heavy rain. Downpours of this strength can cause large weight load bearings on guttering, and in turn this tends to lead to leaks and damage to the guttering. This month we are going to high light some point on how best to maintain your guttering and double or triple it lifespan.

Taking the time to maintain and repair downspouts and gutters can double or even triple the life of your roof drainage system. This can save you a lot of money on repair costs.

Inspect your downspouts and gutters about twice a year. Carefully examine them in the spring just before the spring rains. Inspect them again in the fall when leaves, limbs and other debris might cause problems. Improper drainage due to poor roof pitch is one of the biggest causes of roof drainage problems. Improper drainage causes water to accumulate in certain spots in the gutters, ultimately building up debris and accelerating rust.

Clogged gutters and downspouts can also be a big problem. Thoroughly clean all debris from the gutters and downspouts at least twice a year. If there are a number of trees near your home, clean the gutters with a whisk broom even more often than twice a year. Rust can be a big problem. Keep the gutters properly cleaned and the pitch set correctly to slow down the rusting process.

Taking the time to maintain and repair downspouts and gutters can double or even triple the life of your roof drainage system. This can save you a lot of money on repair costs. Inspect your downspouts and gutters about twice a year. Carefully examine them in the dry season just before the rains.

Improper drainage due to poor roof pitch is one of the biggest causes of roof drainage problems. Improper drainage causes water to accumulate in certain spots in the gutters, ultimately building up debris and accelerating rust.

Clogged gutters and downspouts can also be a big problem. Thoroughly clean all debris from the gutters and downspouts at least twice a year. If there are a number of trees near your home, clean the gutters with a whisk broom even more often than twice a year.

High or low spots detected in the gutter run can often be corrected by bending the hanger than supports the gutter. A slight bend up or down can often remove the low or high spot. There are two basic types of gutter hangers. One is the strap hanger. This type of hanger supports the gutter with a wraparound strap underneath the gutter. A long strap is then affixed to the top and nailed to the sheathing under the edge of the roof. The roofing material covers the strap, making it totally inconspicuous.

The bracket hanger is nailed or screwed to the fascia underneath the eave of the roof. Either of these types of hangers can be added as needed to remove high and low spots in a run of gutter. Add braces that match those already in use.

Clogging usually occurs in a drainage system at the elbow where the downspout connects to the gutter. Since this elbow is relatively easy to remove, it is a good idea to remove it and inspect for clogging. If the clogging is not in the elbow, check farther down the downspout.

You can usually check the downspout from the bottom. However, if the downspout is inserted in an underground tiling system, you may need to use a plumber’s or electrician’s snake to clean the downspout. This type of metal snake can be used to penetrate the downspout for a great distance, removing any obstacles causing clogging and backup problems.

If your roof drainage system is exposed to falling leaves and debris, you should install leaf strainers in all downspout outlets. These strainers insert into the downspout outlet. They permit the free passage of water but stop any leaves or other objects that can cause problems in downspout drainage. Leaf strainers are easy to install and are relatively inexpensive.

You can solve most drainage problems by installing leaf guards over your entire gutter system. There are various types of leaf guards available.

Leaf guards of metal, plastic, etc., are usually mounted in the same way. Lift the lower run of shingles and insert the leaf guard underneath. Some leaf guards clamp over the edge of the gutter. The leaf guards hold the leaves and other falling debris on top of the guard while allowing water to flow freely through the drainage system. The leaves then dry on top of the guard and are quickly blown away.

Any type of gutter will ultimately need some mending or repairing. However, aluminum and plastic gutters and downspouts last much longer than those made of galvanized steel. When leaks occur, you may want to totally replace entire sections of the gutter rather than trying to mend them. However, small leaks and rust spots can easily be patched or mended.

Even the best gutter system cannot function properly unless all downspouts are in working order. Take the time to examine your downspout system at the same time you are mending and repairing your gutters. If the downspouts drain into an underground tile system, make a careful check at the point where the downspout enters the underground tiling. Make sure it is cemented firmly into place and there is no backup or overflow.

You can use a plumber’s or electrician’s snake to clean any possible obstructions in the downspout system. Most downspouts empty onto a splash block. Be sure these splash blocks are large enough and high enough to carry the water away from the foundation of the house.

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