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home maintenance  /  May 15, 2019

Handy Tips to Prevent Gutter Damage

Gutters protect your roof, siding and foundation from water damage. Maintenance is essential to make sure the system is properly working.

In today’s post, your local home improvement expert, Handyman Connection® of Grapevine, shares tips on preventing gutter damage.

1. Warping Issues – Guttering systems can contract in cold weather and expand in warm weather. This can cause the gutters to sag, which can then allow water to enter your home. Installing gutter guards provide gutter protection and may prevent warping problems.

2. Foundation Damage – Your foundation can be damaged if too much precipitation flows out of the gutters. Inspect the system for cracks and brackets, and direct downspouts away from your home.

3. Water Damage – While the purpose of the gutters is to divert water away from the house, they are also at risk of water damage. Standing water can compromise the system’s structure. Add a coat of water-resistant paint to prevent your gutters from cracking. Inspect seamed gutters for any breaks, and seal them. Position trees away from the gutters, or have them trimmed. Gutters that are directly exposed to sunlight dry faster.

4. Clogged and Overflowing Gutters – Debris like leaves and branches can settle into the gutters. This can clog your gutters and block water from properly draining. Wooden components of your home can be affected once water overflows from the gutter. Overflowing gutters can be a sign of poor installation or workmanship.

Hire reliable professionals for your gutter maintenance to ensure optimized performance and protection. With proper care, you can extend the lifespan of your gutters. At Handyman Connection of Grapevine, we are your leading provider of home maintenance and repair services. We offer gutter cleaning, weatherstripping installation, window repairs and more. Call us at (817) 533-4333, or complete our online form for a free estimate.

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