Answering 5 FAQs About Gutter Repair and Cleaning Work
Considering how important eavestroughs and gutters are to a residential roofing system, they are often not paid as much attention. Many people tend to ignore their gutters unless something goes wrong and compromises the entire roof. Eavestroughs may not be the prettiest part of your house, but they are supposed to be maintained and properly taken care of. Below we answer some of the most frequently asked questions from homeowners in Tulsa.
When the gutters are not cleaned in a while, they become clogged with leaves, twigs and other debris. This obstruction in the drainage results in pooling water. Now that the water is unable to move in or out, it is going to damage the fascia and soffits in addition to the gutters themselves. The stagnant water slowly seeps into the attics and begins showing as water stains on the ceiling and upper parts of your home’s walls. Standing water can also lead to foundation problems.
We understand if you have got a knack for DIY, but in our experience, the best to repair clogged gutters is by hiring professional roofing contractors. They bring to the table proficiency, experience, and strict adherence to safety protocols. Typically, an Oklahoman home will require a thorough inspection and gutter cleaning bi-annually. If despite regular cleanings, your gutters act up every now and then, you can get gutter guards installed.
It is not uncommon to use to pressure washer set on low to flush out the debris from a clogged eavestrough. Remember the pressure must be towards the lower end, lest the force from the running water cracks holes in the gutter.
Both pressure washers and power washers use water exiting the tube at an extremely high pressure. The only difference is that power washers use heat along with the water. We discourage using power washers to clean gutters since the heat can fall heavy on the seals.
Contrary to popular belief, you can clean your gutters from the ground just fine. Instead of climbing up a ladder, you will need to get ahold of a pole that will reach the roof and a cleaning tool fastened to the end. Some people even use vacuums with long-handled attachments to suck up minuscule debris.
Today, flushers have become popular as well.
In case you are faced with a particularly stubborn clog, easing it from the ground might be trickier than expected. Find your garden hose and set it to a decent amount of pressure, direct the water up your downspouts. The hose should be able to get rid of the obstruction. If it does not, you will need to find a residential roofing professional to help you.
No roof would work without a sound gutter and eavestrough system to support it.
All American Roofing is a locally owned and operated roofing company, serving clients in Oklahoma City, Tulsa, and other areas of the OKC metro. We build gutters that are strong and durable, the perfect match for your residential (or commercial) property. Requesting a consultation with us has never been easier. Scroll down our home page for the contact info. See you there!