Investing in new guttering can help you return your drainage system to its former glory. To get the most out of your investment, you need to take adequate care of your new guttering to ensure you don’t have to fork out for it again before it’s truly necessary.
Replacing such integral household additions can help to improve the aesthetics of a property and can save homeowners a fortune in the long run. If water is constantly flowing down the side of your property instead of being directed into the drains as it should be, your home will look far more weather-beaten than it needs to and everything from windows and doors through to the roofing and the foundations of the property could be seriously compromised.
Rather than waiting for problems to arise, homeowners should take a proactive approach to keep troughs and pipes in optimum condition. Doing so will mean that they last far longer, stay looking good for longer and will ensure that rainwater has a far less of an adverse effect on the property. Fortunately, maintaining such systems is relatively straightforward. It simply involves a commitment to carrying out certain tasks on an annual or biannual basis.
First off, it is wise to clear away debris from troughs at least once a year. The best time to do this will be just before the winter, to get rid of any autumn leaves that have fallen into your gutters and to ensure that the excessive precipitation seen over the winter months can be dealt with effectively.
Simply take a ladder and, with someone footing it, climb up to your guttering. Examine every section, moving around the house to clear away leaves, dirt, and debris, taking note of any areas of damage as you go. To clear away debris and dirt, you may be able to use your hands or you may need to use some form of a trowel to scrape off any dirt that is embedded particularly well. If you are afraid of heights, uncertain about using ladders or have pipes that are hard to access, don’t ignore the issue. Instead, get a professional out once a year to carry out the job for you.
Be sure to remember that what you can see is only part of the story. It is also wise to check downpipes too, using rods to clear any blockages and flushing out any debris to ensure that the chance of buildups occurring is reduced.
Repairing damage can be as important as clearing blockages as not only might slight imperfections lead to serious issues next time there is a major downpour, but even seemingly insignificant damage could lead to a greater propensity for blockages or for pipes to overflow. Check for cracks, dents or leaks and whether brackets need replacing, screws need tightening or entire sections of the gutter need to be renewed. Taking the time to restore your pipes to their once perfect condition will ensure the longevity of the system as a whole whilst reducing the chances of any serious issues occurring, protecting both your home and investment.