Simone A. Thorsen Seamless Gutters June 10th, 2018 - 18:46:23
Why is it so important to keep gutters clean? Clogged gutters can wreak havoc on your home and property in a number of different ways: Block water runoff - First and foremost gutters must remain clear simply because clogged gutters cant properly drain water away from your homes facade and foundation. When backed-up water gets into your homes infrastructure it will eventually corrode the walls foundation and basement floors causing costly structural damage. Gutter Corrosion - As debris builds up in your gutters it forms a corrosive sludge-like material that can actually eat away at the material that comprises your rain gutters.
To see what it looks like Google "Waterloov gutter guards". With two rows of louvers no debris can wash in from the lip of the gutter and you can be confident that the gutter inside will never clog. Since 1989 this design has been used with great success on tens of thousands of homes. Maintenance is always an issue with all types of gutter guards. With screens they either have to be removed to clean the gutters inside or the tops have to be cleaned which often proves a big problem. The rounded nose or fin type (with or without the trough) have to be taken off the gutters disconnected from the roof and then reinstalled whereas with the louvered products they can usually be maintained by brushing with a telescopic pole and brush assembly. Removal of the gutter guards are never required with the double row design however with the single row design it may be necessary to remove the gutter cover at the downspout. In summary the best gutter guard for heavy debris conditions is the double row louvered gutter cover which can easily be maintained with a telescopic pole and brush (as high as two floors) and never clogs inside.
The best gutter guard is necessary to keep your gutters clean and free flowing if you have heavy tree debris conditions. By what criteria do you select the best gutter guard? Is price the answer? Usually not. The best gutter guard may not be the most expensive one. There are four types of gutter covers available. Screening devices are the first type. Simply put they are inadequate. Primitive gutter screens pass sufficient debris to clog the gutter and the most recent micro mesh types even though they may not let any debris into the gutter lets debris stay on top of the gutter screen and keeps water out. Fins or a rounded front nose used to collect water are the second type.
However knowing the right products isnt enough you must know how and where to use which product for best results. Here are a few listed techniques for efficiently cleaning the outside of your gutters. Use Cleaning Agents Clean your gutters using cleaning agents or solvents which are marketed and sold under the TSP-PF label. For those new with buying and using cleaner products TSP-PF stands for Tri-sodium Phosphate- Phosphate free which implies that the product possesses the cleaning and degreasing qualities of the component Tri-sodium Phosphate but does not cause the harmful effects of Phosphates. Now to use this cleaning agent in one cup of the TSP-PF add one quarter of Bleach with three quarters of hot water.