Spring is almost here and in Cincinnati we seem to be getting heavy rains early this year. To ensure that your gutters are prepared to handle the upcoming Spring showers and storms, it is vital to assess your gutter system for any issues and ensure they are working properly.
Spring can bring heavy rainfall and if your gutter system isn't directing water away from your home properly, it can lead to foundation damage, water damage and expensive repairs. To avoid this problem, prepare your gutters in advance by doing the following things.
Clear Debris From Gutters
To keep your gutter system functioning properly, it is important to clean them or have them cleaned at least twice a year, in the spring and in the fall. Debris can still build up in the winter and gutters can also end up damaged in the winter from snow, ice and other environmental factors. Keeping your gutters clear of debris will help ensure that they continue to work properly throughout the year. If you are too busy to personally maintain your gutters, don't have proper equipment or don't want to get up on a ladder, then Anderson Gutter Company can clean them for you or install Gutter Protection to keep the debris out of your gutters.
More information on the Gutter Protection that we carry is available on our product page. Also, samples of our gutter protection products are available to see in person at Nakama Studio in Batavia at 600 Kilgore Ave. Call before you come to see them. 513-827-1299.
Check Gutter Drainage and Slope
Gutter Drainage can be checked by taking a hose and running water thru the gutters to wash out any debris and to ensure the water is flowing properly. If water is sitting in your gutters, then that may be an indication that your gutters aren't properly sloped. You can check this yourself by putting a level in the gutter. A good rule of thumb is for gutter to have a 1/4 inch sloop towards downspout for every 10 feet of gutters. If you use the level, and the slope doesn't seem to be where it should be, Anderson Gutter Company is happy to schedule a time to meet with you, at you convenience, to assess the issue and see if a repair is in order.
Check The Downspouts
When you have your hose out to check the gutter drainage, this is also a great time to check the downspout drainage. If you run the hose water into the downspout, it makes it easy to determine if you have a clog. If the water freely flows thru the downspout and out the bottom, then the downspouts should be fine. If it doesn't, then you may have a clog that will need to be removed in order to protect your home. You can attempt to use a hose on full pressure option to remove the clog. If that doesn't do the job, then it is time to consult a professional to have the clog removed. Downspouts are a vital part of your gutter system. If they aren't working properly, then the water is not being carried away from the home as it should, which can lead to expensive problems.
Hiring A Professional
If you decide that it is best to hire a professional, Anderson Gutter Company provides a variety of services and offers free estimates. You can find us at www.andersonguttercompany.com and submit a form or call us at 513-668-8666.