3 Things Homeowners Need To Do After Every Storm To Keep Their Home's Gutters In Good Condition
The gutters on your home can suffer quite a bit of damage during storms. Even minor storms are capable of causing clogs and breaking fasteners. After a storm rolls through, it's important to inspect your gutter system for damage, clean your gutters and make minor repairs. Here's what homeowners need after storms in order to maintain their gutters and ensure they're draining water away from the foundation.
1. Clear Out the Clogs in Your Gutters
You should clean out your gutters and remove any debris after a storm. During storms with high winds, it's common for small bits of debris such as leaves or branches to blow onto your roof, which are then washed away by the rain right into your gutters. You'll have to remove all of this debris in order for your gutters to function effectively — clogs will prevent water from flowing freely out your downspout, causing it to pool in your gutters. Additionally, the weight of water-soaked leaves places a lot of stress on your gutter system, which can lead to sagging or collapsed sections.
2. Check for Any Gutter Sections That Sag
High winds combined with the weight of debris often loosen or break the fasteners that hold your gutters to your roof. When a fastener is damaged, the affected section begins to sag. Gutters rely on a gentle slope to direct water towards your downspout and safely away from the foundation of your home. Even a very small sagging section in your gutters will ruin this slope, causing water to pool at that section and preventing water from draining out of your gutters. Pooling water will either overflow or slowly leak out of gaps in your gutters, ending up right next to your home's foundation. If you notice any sagging sections in your gutters after a storm, tighten or replace the damaged fasteners in order to make your gutter system level again.
3. Call a Professional to Repair Any Broken Gutters
After severe storms, a section of your gutters may break entirely and fall to the ground. Unfortunately, most gutters are not very durable — aluminum and vinyl gutters especially are thin and made of weak material. Broken gutters are likely to sustain damage when they fall to the ground. The ends of the gutter may be bent or the gutter may have twisted when it broken off. Broken gutters due to the weight of debris often cause the gutter to bow inwards, making it nearly impossible to reattach. If a section of your gutters breaks off during a storm, call a storm damage professional to inspect the gutter. If it didn't sustain severe damage, it's possible to simply reattach the gutter. Otherwise, the contractor will install a new gutter section on your home.
Keeping your gutters in working order is important — directing water away from the foundation of your home prevents it from being damaged. While you can fix most gutter damage yourself, you should call a storm damage professional if your gutters were severely damaged or broken by the storm. This ensures that your gutter system is in good condition and performing its job of keeping your home's foundation safe. Contact a company, like Arkansas Restoration Services Inc, for more help.