Maintenance

See some of the best ways to keep your gutters in good shape so they last for generations.

329321_10150963749602000_100387161_oYou should clean out your gutters 2-3 times a year to ensure that they stay free flowing and exterior surface does not get stained.

Every few years you should do a tune up on your gutters and downspouts such as re-secure and re-pitch gutters, reseal corners, reattach loose downspouts and elbows.

Check to make sure your splash blocks are angled so the water flows away from the foundation of the house. Please do not angle them towards any walk or driveway since this could cause a slipping hazard.

 

downspout trellisHow do you know if your gutters are clogged?

  • Are your gutters overflowing?
  • Is there restricted flow of water from your downspouts?
  • Do you see ground erosion below the gutter line?
  • Leaky corners?
  • Discoloration (not dirt, mold or mildew) on the gutter?

 

Here’s a handy cleaning solution to help keep the exterior of your gutters and downspouts clean.

  • 1/3 cup detergent (such as Tide, Wisk, etc.)
  • 2/3 cup Soilax (you can find it at Home Depot etc.)
  • 1 quart liquid bleach (such as Clorox)
  • 3 quarts water

The cleaning solution can be either sprayed or sponge applied with a soft bristle brush. Allow it to remain for 15 to 20 minutes, then rinse with a hose. Rinse thoroughly. Avoid skin contact or getting the solution into your eyes.

Caution: Greater concentrations may cause damage to the finish. Never use abrasive or solvent type cleaners or paint removers.