It may seem strange that a gutter installation company would be writing an article on “How to maintain gutters and down-spouts” when we are in the business of installing them.
We have been in business for over 30-years, serving the greater Puget Sound area from Olympia to Tacoma and as far north as Seattle installing gutters for hundreds of homeowners and investors like you.
Therefore, we want to make sure that you are given tips on maintain both aged and new installed gutters for any season.
Tips and suggestions on how to maintain downspouts and gutters
- Inspect your downspouts and gutters about twice a year. Carefully examine them in the spring just before the spring rains. Inspect them again in the fall when leaves, limbs and other debris might cause problems.
- Improper drainage due to poor roof pitch is one of the biggest causes of roof drainage problems. Improper drainage causes water to accumulate in certain spots in the gutters, ultimately building up debris and accelerating rust.
- Clogged gutters and downspouts can also be a big problem. Thoroughly clean all debris from the gutters and downspouts at least twice a year. If there are a number of trees near your home, clean the gutters with a whisk broom even more often than twice a year.
- Rust can be a big problem. Keep the gutters properly cleaned and the pitch set correctly to slow down the rusting process.