Celina M. Sondergaard Seamless Gutters April 02nd, 2018 - 10:11:43
Three things are necessary to have self cleaning gutters: 1. A leaf guard of a specific nature must be installed on the gutter. 2. The quantity and size of the debris entering the gutter must be limited by the gutter guard. 3. A constant mixing must be created by the water entering the gutter from the gutter guards. Self cleaning gutters seem like an impossible dream with all this said. Anyone who has a home surrounded by trees who has to clean his gutters three or four times in the fall and a couple times in the spring knows that a tremendous amount of debris falls upon the roof and collects in the gutter. And theres all kinds of debris with which to deal--leaves of all shapes and sizes needles and blossoms.
Therefore as much as cleaning the inside of your gutters matters exteriors of your gutters must also be paid heed to. Dirty dingy and stained gutters are bound to drop the appeal of your house. Many times the water dripping of the edges of your gutters due to overflow and leaves stains and marks which are commonly called the Tiger stripes. Also the moisture on the outer surface of your gutters leads mold to grow and thrive thus blackening the whole surface and giving it a rather filthy look. Fortunately the grime and stains can be wiped off the gutter surface using specialized products such as paint thinner or a general purpose solvent.
Clogged gutters will prevent this water from draining. Instead the runoff freezes creating damaging overflows of ice called ice dams. Icicles formed from ice dams may be nice to look at but the additional weight puts tremendous pressure on your gutters causing them to pull away from the home and in some cases completely break off ripping away the facia board and causing damage beyond repair. Preventing Clogged Gutters Cleaning gutters can be a tedious and sometimes dangerous chore particularly for elderly homeowners who are not used to getting up on ladders. But as you have read letting your gutters get clogged is too much of a risk to your home.
Do My Gutters Need to Be Cleaned? Many homeowners may wonder how necessary it actually is to clean their gutters. Debris will clog your gutters and prevent water from passing. This backed up water can cause major damage to your roof above or your home below. Instead of being directed away from your house water may begin to overflow onto your yard foundation or into a window well causing flooding and damage. In the winter icicles may form in these places and become a dangerous hazard to people or objects below. Also if water is allowed to freeze and weigh down your gutters over time the nails may work their way out of the fascia (the board between the gutters and the house).