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Sacramento Roofing: Article About Proper Cleaning and Repair Of Gutters

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Clogged gutters are more of a problem than homeowners realize. These clogs lead to heavy water buildup that pulls gutters off the house and causes roof and siding damage. Homeowners who have gutters that haven't been cleaned recently should get on that chore right away. If this isn't something they're comfortable doing or their gutters need extensive repair, they should talk to their Sacramento roofing professionals for guidance.

The first step is cleaning the debris from the gutters and downspouts. Most of the time, the debris is just dead leaves and dirt from the roof. It's most easily removed by hand. If a hose is used to flush the debris out, it will lodge in the downspout and create a clog that will be hard to dislodge. Next, the homeowner should ensure the gutters are securely attached to the home. The spikes that attach the gutter to the house can get loose over time, so they should be replaced to fit snugly into the rafters. If there are any leaks, they should be located and repaired. Holes can be filled with silicone caulking.

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If the caulking in the seams is cracked, the old caulking should be removed with a chisel and replaced with bead silicon for a tight seal.

Once the debris is gone and the gutters are securely fastened again, the actual cleaning process can start. A pressure washer is a great way to clean the gutters quickly and effectively. It's important to make sure that the gutters are firmly attached to the house; if they're weakly attached, a pressure washer will blow the gutters right off. If homeowners are worried about the pressure washer blowing off shingles or the gutters, they should know that it's all in the angle. Too high of an angle can damage shingles or put undue pressure on the gutter attachments.

If the gutters are rusting, they should be replaced. Rust means the gutters aren't as strong as they used to be, and they're probably riddled with leaks. New gutters are made with vinyl or aluminum, so they don't rust and they have a longer lifespan.

Gutters should be cleaned twice a year to prevent damage to the house. Not only can it cause the house's roofing or siding to sag and rot, but dangerous ice dams can build up in the winter and lead to leaks. A couple of hours of maintenance will save homeowners time and money.

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