3 Steps To Help You Maintain Your Roof Drainage
Your home's roof helps protect the interior of your home, and once compromised, can cause moisture problems leading to mold and mildew damage. For this reason, it is important to maintain your home's roof and its gutter drainage system to help keep your home free of damage and health problems associated with moisture leaks. Here are some steps to take to clean, repair, and maintain your roof's drainage system.
Clean Roof and Gutters
As a homeowner, you need to keep an eye on the condition and workings of your home's roof drainage system. The cleanliness of your roof and gutters can affect the drainage of rainwater and snow melt from your home's roof. A dirty and clogged gutter system will cause poor drainage and can lead to saturated soil around your home's foundation with moisture in the basement, crawlspace, and foundation.
Over the months, your roof and gutters will collect a lot of debris from nearby trees and other vegetation. If you have a lot of trees growing in your yard and around your home, it is important to clean your gutters several times each year. One expert recommends to clean your gutters at least twice per year and up to four times per year if you have pine trees, as their needles drop all year long and can easily clog up your roof's gutters. Scoop out with your gloved hand any debris from the gutters, or use a pressure washer to rinse them clean. While you are on your roof, you should also clean your roof of debris, as this debris will likely end up washing into your gutters.
Repair Gutter Damage
As you get upon your roof every few months, you should also check the condition of your gutters. Look for any sagging lengths of gutters or sections of gutters that are missing the connecting hardware that should secure them to your roof line. This can lead to water running over the sides of the gutters and falling onto the soil around your home foundation. Ultimately, over-saturation of this area around your home's foundation can cause water to seep through any crack or gap in your foundation and basement walls, leading to moisture problems. Roof gutters are intended to properly divert rain runoff from your roof and to a safe area away from your foundation.
It is most helpful to watch your gutters in action during a heavy rain storm to discover any problems. Watch for any cracks or holes that allow water to drip and run from the gutter system incorrectly, and also watch the corners and end pieces for any leaks. If you cannot watch your gutters at work during a rain storm, you can create your own water runoff with your garden hose. Place your garden hose on the roof safely, and turn on the hose, running water down through all areas of your gutters.
If you do discover any leaks or sagging of your gutters, you can hire a gutter professional to repair and replace any damage, or you can complete the repairs yourself. You can find gutter repair kits and products at most home improvement stores.
Maintain Gutter Downspouts
The downspouts connected to your roof gutters are just as important as the gutters, and need to be working properly. Check to see that they are not leaking at any connections joints beneath your gutters. Have any leaks repaired as soon as possible.
Next, watch to see where the water drains from the bottom of the downspouts. Each downspout should have at the least a splash plate to spread out the water drainage over a large area instead of eroding away at the soil.
It is best to install a downspout diverter that connects onto the bottom of each downspout and extends several feet away from your home's foundation. Experts recommend to divert water five to ten feet away from your home's foundation. This is to deposit roof runoff a distance from your basement and foundation and further prevent moisture problems.
For more information about gutter installation and maintenance, contact companies like Mr.Gutter, LLC.