A discussion about gutters is probably the last thing a West Orange NJ homeowner wants to hear about. But it’s really a very important topic.
As any experienced homeowner knows, important to periodically monitor the overall condition of a West Orange New Jersey home. Wear and tear as a result of weather and age occurs in every home, and it is a good idea to take care of problems before they lead to expensive repairs. Routine maintenance should be done to ensure that everything is well in all of the various areas of the home. This should especially be the case with your home’s exterior because that is the area of the home that is most prone to wear and tear.
Maintain Your NJ Gutter
One of the best tips that can be given for the proper maintenance of the exterior of the West Orange NJ home is by maintaining the gutter. The gutter is the trough fixed under or along the eaves for draining rainwater from a roof. Gutters in general are called eaves spouts, eaves trough, rainspouts and spouting. Because they are located at the exterior of the home their proper maintenance has a direct impact upon the overall appearance of the home. Maintaining gutters is an easy task. You only need to think about the serviceability they are able to offer, once you are rid of everything that you need to be rid of. Clogged gutters can cause landscaping, lawn and shrubbery, walls, foundation, basement, crawl spaces and existing gutter system great damage. This is the reason why these areas should be kept clean at all times.
West Orange NJ Gutter Maintenance Tips
It’s important to make sure that you have all of the materials needed before starting work. The first step is to clean the gutters with a narrow stiff-bristled brush. A wallpaper brush can be used to sweep out debris when the gutters are dry. It is also not good to clean the gutters by flushing them with a garden hose. This might cause the downspout to clog. Gutters should be cleaned when they are dry, and the hose should be used to flush out any remaining debris.
- Clean any leaves, twigs or other debris off the roof
- Walking on the roof and using an old broom or a leaf blower, pitch all debris down into the yard
- Once the roof is clean of debris, start on the gutters themselves
- Using a narrow trowel or putty knife, gently lift any debris in the gutters out and pitch it down to the yard
- For safety purposes, it is a must to check all the supports when the gutters themselves are clean enough
- Hose the gutters down
- Use the hose to test the gutters ability to rapidly redirect water
You also should not lean ladders against the gutter. Installing a plastic support piece to the gutter to support the weight of the ladder is what should be done. The support piece provides a permanent access point to the roof and is fastened to the wood underneath the roof using galvanized deck screws. It can also be mounted directly to the gutter. Purchasing a ladder stabilizer for added ladder safety is also a must as the ladder stabilizer locks onto the rungs of the extension ladder, preventing the ladder from shifting side to side.
Professional Gutter Advice
If you’re not entirely sure what the condition of your NJ gutter system is, and whether they should be replaced, it’s definitely time for professional advice. Consult a professional NJ gutter system company today for more information.
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