Make your Gutters Ready for Monsoon

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Published: 06th November 2012
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Rain Gutters are the most important part of your rain water disposal system. It routes the rainwater falling on your roof to the drainage. It saves your house from unnecessary water issues caused by heavy rains falling on the roof. However, the damaged or unclean gutters may cause the effects exactly opposite to that it is meant for. The standing water in gutters increases leakages and back-flooding which may create more trouble to you. Hence, all the points – Having gutters installed, repaired and cleaned are important most for your pre-monsoon action plan.

Gutter Installation
Gutter Installation requires more of your attention than anything else. If you put it well at the first time, that won’t bother you at later stages. If you put a little less concern at the first time, it may cause trouble the very next year. It is advisable to engage with some professional agency for such important work, but in a case you want to do it by yourself, here are some guidelines that will help you the most.
• Examine your house-structure properly. Every house is uniquely featured and your gutters must be in complete synch with shape and structure of your house.
• Once done with the examinations, take measurements of the area for which gutters are to be installed. This will be the area that your roof ends are covering. Mark the important spots as well.
• Enlist the parts as per the measurements and tools that you will need to install the gutters. Purchase them from any reputed agency and make sure you get strong and high-quality product.
• On the marking of the gutter route, drill the fascia and the wall to fit the fascia brackets on fascia and downspout brackets on the wall.
• Make sure you fit wooden blocks on wall for maintaining a distance between wall and downspout to prevent your wall getting damaged by the downspout.
• Cut the Gutters in size and make the downspout hole. Fit them on the brackets. Join the downspout and fit them with the wooden blocks on the wall.
• See whether it is properly working and disposes water at the proper place, get a quick check done and your gutters are ready for next monsoon.

Gutter Cleaning
Main task of the gutters is to direct the water to the drainage. It cannot if it is not properly cleaned. Gutters that are neglected will carry heavy debris which has accumulated over time, in addition to standing water. This clogging will dam up and rainwater will fill the gutters, overflow, and eventually pull the gutters loose. A method for gutter cleaning is to be followed.
To clean gutters on your own, follow simple steps mentioned below.
• Scoop out loose debris starting from a drain outlet at the low end of a gutter, working away from it, using a narrow garden trowel.
• Using an on-off high-pressure nozzle mounted at the end of a water hose, wash out each length of gutter, working toward the drain outlet.
• If water doesn’t drain through the drainpipes, use a plumber auger ‘U’ (snake) to pull out the debris from the bottom. In some situations, do the same to push it through from the top.

Gutter Repairing
Gutters that carry heavy debris and standing water can weigh much and can damage the angle of the gutter known as ‘pitch’. If that pitch is lost due to excess weight, standing water can back up into the home or overflow into the home’s foundation, possibly flooding your basement and can damage fascia boards. Following points may help you in fixing this problem and repairing.
• To repair the gutters, first clean them properly
• Observe the broken part properly. See whether it needs a replacement
• Do not try repairing the broken part at its place. If possible, unscrew the gutters and get it down to repair
• Check the repairs with a trial run

Gutter installation, gutter cleaning and gutter repair are now the first things you would want to complete before this monsoon. Also, do not try any of the above points without proper understanding. Hiring a professional is always a good idea.

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