Rosa A. Ostergaard Gutter Guards July 13th, 2018 - 07:50:07
Can there truly be gutters that are self cleaning? If you live in a forest of trees this sounds like a wild idea. All year long--not just in the spring or fall--twigs and tons of debris fall. Gutter cleaning is a year round chore--something that needs to be done every week from mid September through mid December and two or three times in the spring. The idea of self cleaning gutters is simply silly if youve ever seen a gutter full of leaves and debris. Most homeowners in this environment attempt to solve the problem first with screens.
Anticipation is met with dismay as within twelve months to eighteen months plants are seen growing through the screens and the gutters are overflowing. Examination of the gutter and the screen reveals the gutter full of a very fine soil like debris with the plants rooted deeply within the dirt. Its absolutely amazing how all this fine debris has accumulated in the gutter from passing through the screens. The idea of self cleaning gutters seems absurd after an experience of this nature. Besides screens there are many other gutter protection devices.
Matching color gutter straps are also available. Downspouts must be secured firmly to the house as falling water places a heavy load on the pipe and fittings and can actually pull a downspout loose from the gutter or house. Once I have the downspouts in a finished configuration that I like I rivet each pipe and fitting together with two matching color rivets. Additional rivets used to secure the straps to the leader pipe leaves a nice looking end product that will not pull apart. Also important to a good gutter system is to provide a way for the water to get from the end of the downspout away from the house foundation.
After mixing well apply the mixture on the outer-surface of the gutters with a soft-bristled brush or a rag and let it stay for around 10 minutes. Make sure to cover the vegetation around the house with a plastic sheet as it may damage the landscapes. White Vinegar Most people wouldnt know that many cleaning agents can be derived from home itself. One such brilliant cleaning agent is white vinegar or technically known as Acetic Acid which can be easily found in any household. Before you begin make sure to scoop out all the dried leaves and debris to free your gutters from any clogging material. Once your gutters are clear mix warm water and acetic acid and pour the mixture in your gutters after capping them and plugging the downspouts. Let the mixture sit the gutters for an hour before emptying the gutter stream.