Roof Maintenance: Keeping Your Gutters and Drains Clean
If you want to keep the roof of your Texas home in excellent shape throughout its life, performing periodic roof maintenance is crucial. And one of the simplest yet most important maintenance tasks you’ll need to take care of is routine gutter and downspout cleaning.
At Paradigm Roofing, we specialize in residential and commercial roofing, gutter installation and maintenance for homeowners throughout Collins County, and we take pride in helping our customers take great care of their roofs. In this blog, we’re breaking down the why behind routine gutter cleaning and sharing helpful tips on how to get the job done.
Why Clean Your Gutters and Drains?
Cleaning your gutters and downspouts might seem like an unnecessary task since they appear to get a cleaning each time it rains. But that assumption is far from true. While your gutter system does collect water, that water alone cannot thoroughly clean out the gutter troughs or the downspouts because gutters don’t just collect water; they also collect outdoor debris.
Unless you have gutter guards installed, all kinds of debris — including leaves, sticks, pine needles, and even pests — can enter your gutters over time. And when that debris starts to accumulate, water entering the gutter troughs can push the debris toward the downspout openings, causing them to clog.
Eventually, incoming water from your roof will not be able to drain through the downspouts efficiently. It will then start to back up inside the gutter troughs where it can overflow and cause damage to the edges of your roof and your siding.
What Can Happen If You Don’t Clean Your Gutters and Drains?
Most gutter contractors recommend cleaning your gutter system thoroughly at least once, if not twice, per year. And while the task might seem time-consuming and tedious, if you fail to tend to it, several potential issues can result, including:
Interior Water Intrusion
Clean gutters allow water to efficiently drain away from the foundation of your home. Clogged, overflowing gutters encourage roof runoff to fall directly below the eave of your roof, where it can oversaturate the ground near your foundation and lead to water intrusion.
Although your foundation is strong and durable, it’s still susceptible to water damage when it’s exposed to moisture over prolonged periods. If your gutters are clogged and overflowing, they cannot direct water away from your foundation, which may result in cracks, shifting, or even buckling in a worst-case scenario.
When water continually overflows out of your gutters, it can very easily (and quickly) damage any landscaping you’ve done near your home. Heavy rains can easily cause soil and mulch displacement, and can also flood foliage, causing it to develop root rot.
Soffit and Fascia Damage
The weight of standing water and debris inside clogged gutters can easily damage the fascia that hangs along the edge of your roof’s eaves. Your soffit can also sustain damage from water that overflows out of your gutters, which may contribute to roof rot over prolonged periods.
Routine Gutter and Drain Cleaning: How to Get the Job Done
Ideally, you’ll want to clean your gutters and downspouts in the spring and autumn to ensure they’re ready to handle spring rains and, although it’s rare in Dallas, winter snow. Here’s what you’ll need to do to thoroughly clean your gutter system:
- Grab a ladder, a pair of work gloves, a trowel, and a bucket for debris. Place your ladder near one of your downspouts and climb up until you can easily reach inside the gutters.
- Pick up large pieces of debris by hand and use a trowel or a small scoop to scoop up any smaller pieces of debris near the downspouts. Toss your debris in the bucket and keep working near the downspout until you removed all the debris in the area.
- Move your ladder along the length of the gutters until you’ve removed every piece of debris from within all of the troughs.
- Grab a garden hose, climb back up the ladder, and thoroughly flush the debris-free gutters with water. Pay attention to the amount of water that exits the downspouts. If it appears that less water is exiting the downspout than you’re spraying into the gutter, there’s likely a clog in the drain, which you’ll need to remove.
- To remove a downspout clog place your garden hose in the bottom of the downspout and use the sprayer on full pressure to push the clog out of the spout’s topmost opening. When the blockage appears to be gone, flush the gutters with water one more time to check for any flow issues.
If your gutters tend to collect a lot of debris and they’re tough to clean, you may want to consider having a gutter contractor install gutter guards. These devices sit on top of the gutter troughs and are designed to allow water into the gutter while preventing debris from collecting inside it.
Contact Paradigm Roofing for Gutter Installation in Collins County
Whether your Collins County home doesn’t currently have gutters or your existing gutters and downspouts are due for replacement, let our team at Paradigm Roofing help you out! We specialize in full-service gutter installation and replacement and can help you select the gutter system that’s best suited to your home and budget. For more information about your options or to get an installation quote, feel free to give us a call at 972-542-7774 or contact us online, and we’ll be in touch with additional info.