A gutter and downspout are very important when it comes to your roofing needs. They are very effective when you want to collect rainwater and to some extent, they play a very important role when it comes to the décor of your house. There are different kinds of gutters and downspouts that come in different colors and made from different materials that you can choose for your roof. Maintaining gutters and downspouts is very easy, and it is something that you can do yourself without needing any professional roofers assistance.
The first thing you need to do is to clean your gutter from all the grime and dirt that will have accumulated over time. Even though the gutter gets to collect rainwater, you have to keep in mind that during the days when its not raining, dirt is accumulating on your gutter and with time, this develops into mud that can end up caking on your gutter, and if pushed down the downspout, it can lead to clogging. By use of a ladder, you can always clean out your gutter and try as much as possible to make sure that the passageway to the downspout is free of debris. Leaves are also other things that can lead to your gutter not working efficiently. The worst part is when the leaves get pushed down the downspout by filthy water which could lead to blockage bursting when the water pressure gets to be too much.
If you notice that your gutters are sagging or that the amount of water does not much with what is coming out of your downspout, then you have a clogging problem. Even during the rain, you can be able to clean out the dirt and debris. Depending on the kind of downspout you have, you might have to dismantle it to remove whatever is clogging it up. Sometimes small animals like rats or bird can die in the gutter and get pushed down the downspout which would cause a serious health issue if the water you collect is to be re-used. Thats why it is very important to make sure the gutter and downspout are cleaned up very well.
You should also check to make sure that the spikes in your gutter are working as intended. If the spikes are faulty for some reason, your gutter could end up falling off and especially during heavy rains. Always make sure to check your gutters and downspouts to ensure that everything is as it is supposed to be. The last thing you want is for your gutter to fall off your roof due to poor maintenance. Sometimes the gutter and downspouts can get holes in them. You can be able to notice this during rain, or you could always pour some water to identify any leakages which you can then seal using silicon.
The biggest challenge you can expect from downspouts is them falling off because of the rivets getting lose. You can easily fix this when you do periodic checks and inspections on your gutter and downspouts.