The downspouts are undoubtedly an integral part of the gutter system in anyone’s home. They redirect the water collected by gutters and prevent them from seeping through the soffits and fascia boards. Having a downspout working properly will save the house from being soaked and be weak at its very foundation. We all know that once the ground just below the house gets soaked, soil erosion starts and will slowly “bring the house down.” The downspouts that one needs depends on the amount of water that’s expected to be received by the gutter on a regular basis, and also the type that will work perfectly – metal or vinyl. Though it’s the gutters that usually get all the attention, your trusty downspouts deserve some loving too.
Whenever you’re doing some gutter cleaning, make some downspout maintenance too:
Fascia Boards. Always make sure that the fascia boards are securely attached to provide a sturdy base for your drainage system. Replace any damaged or rotten parts immediately to prevent further damage.
Downspout Sections. The connected parts of the downspout should always be securely attached. The tapered ends should be in good condition and as much as possible be fastened with screws. Anchor straps should be securely attached to the wall as well.
Debris. The downspout needs to be cleared of debris all the time. A plumber’s snake can get the job done, especially for the hard to reach parts. A pressurized hose is an excellent tool for flushing it out. The best time for cleaning is when autumn comes, as there will be a lot of leaves and twigs falling. Over time, these debris break down and form a layer of muck which can accumulate into a cause of clogging. Gutter guards will help a lot in minimizing these debris so don’t hesitate to look for the right type for your roof.
Elbows. These are attachments in downspouts which enable redirection of water. Always make sure that it’s attached properly to prevent leaks.
Water runoff. When water comes out of the downspout, splash blocks are a good addition to make sure that the water is directed away from the house. Downspout extenders also do the trick to make sure no water comes through the house foundation and cause soil erosion.
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The caulk is one house tool that is extremely helpful. It’s an adhesive that can fill caps, close up gaps, and fix leaks so it’s almost a do-it-all tool. If used properly, the caulk can last for a long time and is absolutely reliable. It comes in several kinds, but if it’s for your gutter system, the best will be silicone. Caulking may look simple because of the caulking gun, but it is messy if done the wrong way. The fumes can be irritating, and when the caulk stains clothing, it is almost impossible to remove.
Just like every procedure, caulking can’t be done properly when there’s lack of the equipment required. It doesn’t matter if you’re a professional or just someone who needs a quick fix for a gap, an opening or a leak. Caulks come in squeeze tubes or cartridges, and ones that come with a caulking gun. Always buy the complete set, which is the one that comes with the caulking gun. Caulks are cheap, so it won’t hurt your pocket.
Gutter leaks need to be dealt with right away. If left unattended, water will seep in to your house ceiling and house walls, which isn’t a good sight to see. To use the caulk, cut the nozzle of the caulk cartridge. The closer it is to the gun, the bigger the hole. Cut the nozzle to the size that you want, as long as you won’t waste the caulk or it’s too small. Cut the nozzle in a 45 degree angle, and apply it in the same degree too. Here’s the tricky part: if you haven’t used a caulking gun before, practice on a piece of wood or paper. The aim is for you to consistently apply the caulk.
Before applying the caulk to the gutter leak, make sure that it’s clean and it’s dry. Use sandpaper (or a wire brush) to roughen up the edges to prepare it for the caulk application. Squeeze the caulk gun along the seam or the hole where the leak is coming from. After application, you can use your finger or a popsicle to even out the caulk. Putting tape on the other side of the leak or seam will also secure the caulk, and can be removed after it has dried.
Caulking requires practice, so don’t hesitate to experiment in scrap boards or sheets. You’ll be making gutter leak repairs yourself in no time and save money too.
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Maintenance of your gutter system is simple, as long as there’s regular cleaning and checks for anything wrong. Flushing debris and scooping up debris may look like it’s done, but there’s another spoiler that gradually becomes hazardous if left undealt. Molds and spores might look like harmless stains in the outside of your home, but it can be a major culprit in terms of safety.
Molds are fungi that can be found both inside and outside the house. They grow anywhere – in warm, damp and humid conditions. In the gutter system, for example, the debris and leaves that it collects gradually decay and disintegrate. Molds help to break them down and recycle these to the environment. The multiply through spores, which are spread by insects, air and water. They’re like seeds – they grow in the proper conditions. An example of a perfect home for molds is your bathroom, kitchen sink, water pipes, and gutters.
How would you know if there are molds in your house? Simple. A simple discoloration of your walls, sometimes a greenish tint, is an example of the existence of molds. Though it’ll make your house look like it’s naturally “aged” by nature, these molds must be taken seriously not only in your gutter system but in your house as well. Why? Mold exposure can be hazardous with some people, allergic reactions may occur if they are sensitive to molds and spores. It can cause congestion in breathing, asthma, cough, skin irritation and headache, just to name a few.
In your gutter system, there’s a lot of causes for mold growth. Trees and plants too close to the house blocks sunlight, which is a perfect breeding place for them to grow. Not cleaning clogged gutters right away will be a major factor, as moisture stays on the gutter along with the leaves and other debris – instant mold haven from there.
How can this be prevented? Simple. Regular gutter cleaning should be done, and regular checks for any clogs, leaks or any damaged parts. As molds can also grow on pipes, downspouts need to be checked as well. When cleaning gutters, always have a scrub brush to scrape off any mold that’s starting to grow. A liquid bleach is extremely helpful in mold removal too. Just make sure to wear a face mask to prevent inhalation of molds and spores. If the gutter is painted, a sealant should be applied too to prevent any accumulation of mold. A good gutter cover can also help in preventing these, but check them as well. Consider having your house painted too with mildew-resistant paint.
Having these done will keep not only your gutter system safe, but also the other parts of your house.
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Fixing leaks off your gutter can be very simple. It depends on the proper tools like the adhesive that you’ll use. Here’s a video showing a quick tip in fixing those leaks.