You gutters are an important part of your home but if ignored and left without proper maintenance for too long they can get into bad shape. Warning signs are missed and then problems grow in scope and scale. One day you look up and your gutter is sagging and no longer attached to your home. Despite the age old belief that duct tape can fix anything sometimes a more serious approach is needed.
Gutters can also wear out with age and parts will need to be replaced. If you keep a good eye on them then you can plan and follow wear.
Your gutters are an important part of your home. They move water away from your walls and foundation keeping them dry. If your gutters are damaged or falling apart they are no longer doing their job and your home probably has some drainage problems. Fixing your gutters now and creating a regular maintenance schedule in the future will keep your gutters moving water away from your home.
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If you let your gutters age out, they will stop providing the protection your home needs, leaving it vulnerable to water damage that could cost you thousands of dollars in repairs to the roof, foundation, walls and more. It is important to keep a close eye on your gutters so you can detect the earliest signs of a problem and minimize the damage to your home.
You may be able to repair some problems with your gutters and get more life out of them, but some signs of trouble could indicate that it’s time for all new gutters.
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No matter where you live in British Columbia, you’ll probably agree that the trees scattered throughout the area are beautiful to look at when they are in full bloom (until they force an unnecessary gutter repair on you). Unfortunately, when the leaves begin to land on your roof, not only do the trees lose some of their attractiveness, but your home’s gutters begin to get clogged.
At first, you might think that the winds will blow the leaves out or the rain will wash them away. While this does happen, at least on a minor scale, your gutters are usually still filled with leaves, pine needles, dirt, and other types of debris that can build up into a huge wet mass that completely clogs your drains. When this happens, you begin to have problems that can destroy your home’s appearance as well as its structural integrity.
I work in a business that is not very exciting in North Vancouver. I wish I was a secret agent or something. To pass the time while I wait for the CIA to call, I blog about things like gutters. I know, this is NOT the most thrilling and compelling subject to talk about. In fact, chance are, you most likely never even notice yours until something goes completely wrong with them. After which it is the wrong type of excitement.
Gutters and downspouts collect and carry away rainwater from your roof. If you have them and they are working fine – you don’t notice them. If they are not working, the water from your roof splashes all over the place, on your decks and walkways, it will cause erosion in your landscaping, and permanently stain the siding. More essential, gutters and downspouts make up the first type of defense against a wet basement or crawl space: Should you let water collect across the foundation, hydrostatic pressure will build, and water will ultimately find its way indoors. Gutter systems are not a very expensive piece of the over construction of your home – in fact most people spend more money on a real nice fridge than on a new gutter system.
This mitred corner is obviously leaking and needs repair
You first need to clean your gutters thoroughly. If you have a little standing water, try to dam it up away from the corner using a sponge or an old rag.
You need to remove the old caulking. You cannot add more caulking to old. The bond will not be permanent, and the leak will eventually return. You can scrape this out, but most of our installers use a drill bit. They press the drill bit in and try to grab hold or bite the caulking. With one zip of the drill, it will come out in one piece.
Once the caulking is out, you need to clean the metal very good. Mix up a batch of soapy dishwater solution in a bucket. You can use rubbing alcohol. Try to remove as much dirt, grime, and any grease left over before you reseal it.
The product most local gutter companies use is Tremco 830. It’s specially made for the gutter installation industry. Try to avoid the clear, as the UV rays from the sun break it down quicker. Be liberal when applying the sealant directly onto the seam that leaks. Use your fingers, and get the sealant right into the seam, and up both inside walls of the gutter. Use a little water to spread it out nicely. Remember – this is the inside of a gutter – no one looks here. Better to get it right than to have it leak again.
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