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The importance of maintaining your home's gutters and downspouts should not be underestimated because they have a big job to do. They make up the drainage system for your Summerville roofing and are responsible for diverting thousands of gallons of water away from your house. Although it is easy to procrastinate the unpleasant job of cleaning your gutters, you really should not neglect this task for too long because you risk damaging the integrity of your home's foundation.

It is a good idea to clean and inspect your home's gutters and downspouts twice a year. First, you should perform this maintenance task in early spring, to remove debris that has accumulated during the winter. Second, clean and inspect your gutters in late fall to remove all of the wet leaves before the outdoor temperature dips below freezing. Neglected clumps of wet debris can eventually cause metal gutters to corrode and wooden gutters to rot.

Cleaning out your roof's gutters is an effective way to identify problems like leaks, blockages and sagginess. After you clean out all of the debris, use your garden hose to run water into the gutters, starting at the high end. Look for water leaks, especially near the joints because this is where most leaks occur. These joints are the points where two sections of the gutter meet, and sometimes the seals need to be reinforced. An easy way to do this is by squeezing silicone sealant along the inside seams of the leaky joints.

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If your metal gutters leak because of a section that has rusted all the way through, you likely need to replace the gutter. However, if just one small area is bad, you might be able to solve the problem with a patch. This is where a fiberglass patch and some roofing cement will come to the rescue.

When flushing your gutters with water, if you notice any standing pools of water, you likely have a sagging gutter. It is important to straighten and tighten the sagging section of gutter so your roof's drainage system can do its job. This may be as easy as simply tightening the fastener that holds the gutter to your house.

While running water into your gutters, if the water will not drain out at all, your roof's downspout is probably clogged. If it is clogged with wet leaves and debris, try to wedge a garden hose into the bottom and blasting out the blockage through the top. If this does not work, a plumber's snake can also help. Just be sure to work up from the bottom to dislodge the blockage.

Diverting water away from your foundation walls is crucial for maintaining the long-term condition of your home. Protect your investment by cleaning and maintaining this drainage system, namely, your gutters, twice a year.

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