We have talked in other articles about the importance of maintaining your gutters (or eaves troughs) to avoid water leakage, which if left unchecked can cause very serious and expensive damage to your property. The most important task in maintaining your gutters and downspouts is keeping them free of debris, which allows water to easily flow down the gutter, into the downspout, and away from the home. A blockage in a downspout will simply cause an overflow at the top where it meets the gutter and the end result will be the same.
If you’ve cleaned your gutters and taken the precautions of adding a leaf guard as discussed in previous articles, the chances are your downspouts will remain clear as the guards will also prevent leaves entering the downspouts. We generally use 5” and 6” seamless aluminum (copper) gutters / eaves troughs with matching downspouts because they are durable and long lasting. For leaf guards we highly recommended Alu-Rex brand http://www.alu-rex.com/en/gutters/new-gutters/pro-series/t-rex.
Maintaining gutters and downspouts requires the use of a ladder. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has stated, “Each year there are more than 164,000 emergency room-treated injuries in the U.S. relating to ladders.” If you are going to perform maintenance on your gutters and downspouts, you should feel comfortable and safe on a ladder. A variety of safety tips are available from the American Ladder Institute. If you don’t feel comfortable and safe on a ladder, we recommend hiring a professional to perform the work.
Using a ladder to access the gutter, scoop out any debris inside the gutter and flush the gutter with water from a spray nozzle attached to a garden hose. After the inside of the gutter is clean, remove the spray nozzle and place the garden hose at the far end of the gutter, away from the downspout. Turn on the water, keeping the water pressure fairly low, and observe what occurs. The idea is to allow the gutter to carry the water to the downspout, not to force the water down the gutter.
Does water easily flow down the gutter, into, and out of the downspout? If water is not leaking or pooling and easily flows down the gutter, into, and out of the downspout, your system is functioning properly. If it doesn’t, and you can see no visible debris blockage in the gutter, then you probably have a blocked downspout. In this case, pushing the hose down the downspout while turned on will hopefully move any dead leaves and debris and get things moving. If not, you may need an alternative solution to unblocking the downspout.
Don’t worry though, we can help! At Maxima Aluminium LTD we make it our business to deliver quality service to our customers and we are a highly rated, professional company that really cares for our customers. We can install, repair and carry out routine preventative maintenance which can save you money in the long run by avoiding costly damage further down the line and thaht includes cleaning gutters and unblocking downspouts.
We are a long established, trusted and respected company which has served thousands of satisfied customers over the last ten years or so. For quality and peace of mind with all servicing, installations, repairs, and maintenance or replacement of your gutters, please call us on (416) 875-6366 as we will be happy to assist with any of your needs. We can also provide you with a free cost estimate with no obligations by filling out our form in the right hand column.
Areas we serve include: Mississauga, Brampton, Etobicoke, Oakville, Burlington, Vaughan, Milton, and surrounding areas.