Home Remodeling Doesn't Have to Be Stressful
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Home Remodeling Doesn't Have to Be Stressful

My husband and I wanted to add an addition to our home for years before we finally decided to act on the idea. However, we then realized that we desperately needed to update our kitchen, as well. Before we started the remodeling process, we prepared for what we expected: stress. We made sure we cleared our calendars and didn't have any other major commitments during the remodeling process. However, once we began planning the renovations, we quickly learned that we were actually having a lot of fun! The renovation process also went very smoothly and, now that the process is over, we both joke around that it feels "too quiet" in hear without the company of the contractors. I enjoyed t all so much I decided to start a blog to share my remodeling tips to help others who will soon be taking the plunge!

Home Remodeling Doesn't Have to Be Stressful

How To Keep Your Gutters Working And In Good Repair

Lee Hunt

Home ownership comes with its fair share of repair and maintenance to keep your home in good condition. Your roof and gutters are an important part of your home remaining a dry and safe place for you and your family to live in. Here are some steps for you to keep your gutters working properly and repaired all year long.

Clean Regularly

Keeping your home's gutters in good condition and working properly requires you to take care of them by cleaning them out several times a year. If you have trees in your yard or a nearby yard, the leaves and twigs shed can collect inside the gutters after they run down your home's roof top. Combining with dirt and other silt from wind and storms, the organic debris will begin to decompose and create a sludge in the base of the gutter that will clog it up.

Experts recommend you should be cleaning debris and leaves from your gutters at least twice and up to four times a year. If your home has nearby pine trees, which shed their needles all year long, you should be cleaning your gutters four times a year.

You can hire a roof and gutter professional to complete this service for you or handle it yourself. With a pressure washer or your garden hose and a spray nozzle attachment, rinse the debris from your roof. Be sure to climb upon the roof safely and wear shoes with sturdy rubber soled shoes to keep you from slipping off while you are cleaning.

Repair and Maintain

As you are upon your roof cleaning your gutters, check them for any damage. This can include cracks, holes, broken connections, and segments of gutters that are sagging. You can also check the integrity of your gutters by viewing them during a heavy rainstorm, or during good weather while turning your garden hose onto the roof to watch the gutters perform.

Any gutter damage needs to be repaired as soon as possible, because during a rain storm the gutters leak water down onto the soil around your home's foundation. This leads to over-saturation of the soil, erosion, and possible basement and foundation moisture leaks. Call your gutter professional to have any gutter damage repaired to prevent this type of interior damage to your home.

With the right equipment and knowledge you can complete some or all the repairs yourself. Correct sagging lengths of gutters by reattaching lose gutter hangers or installing new ones to secure the gutters to the roof's edge along the areas of sag. Any cracks or holes in your gutters, you can fix with a piece of galvanized flashing for a patch. Clean around the damage with water and a wire brush to remove stuck on debris. Attach the patch with some roofing cement and press it into place. Be sure the patch has time to dry fully before wet weather arrives.

Ensure Proper Function

After you have cleaned and repaired your gutters, you should check them to make sure they are working to drain water from your rooftop efficiently. Your downspouts connected to the roof's edge gutters should be catching water to deposit it at the base of your home, then divert it away from your home's foundation.

Check to make sure your downspouts do not deposit water directly onto the soil. This will erode the soil and water can seep around and into your basement walls. Placing a splash block below the downspouts opening will spread the water out over the soil to prevent erosion. It is also a good idea to install a plastic diverter tube to move the water to a spot away from your home's foundation.


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