Emilie J. Toft Gutter Guards June 10th, 2018 - 16:49:03
Once the gutter is mounted you can proceed on to install the downspouts. Downspout fittings come in what are called either A or B types. They are both approximately 45 degree elbows but one is on the flat and the other is curved. Using combinations of fittings and solid downspout piping make up the entire downspout in one piece on the ground by trial and error fittings. You can bend the elbows slightly and using left and right fittings to clear other obstructions until you have a finished length of downspout that will take the water directly to the ground or splash block below.
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.
Tug on the downspout. Remember many pounds of water will be flowing through this pipe at one time during a storm and in winter areas freezing rain or ice and can freeze solid in the pipe. If your wall brackets are not properly nailed or not enough straps are used the downspouts will surely fail. Lastly a good investment is to place splash blocks under the outlet at the bottom of each downspout. Even if the downspout exits onto an asphalt or concrete driveway use a splash block. Rushing concentrated water from a downspout will quickly damage your driveway or patio surface.
There are two other types of gutter guards we can look into but so far the idea of self cleaning gutters is only a dream. Another breed of leaf guards is the fin type with a trough with sieve openings. Yet it doesnt take a college graduate to see that all the debris that sticks to the fin will indeed go into the trough where it has no place to go except to clog the sieves or deteriorate even further pass through the sieves in sufficient amount to clog the gutters. No hope of self cleaning gutters here either. To achieve self cleaning gutters the size of debris that enters the gutter must be limited.