The Importance of Maintaining Your Gutters

In the last several weeks, there has been a lot of talk about the importance of inspecting your roof, performing maintenance and making repairs before the cold weather sets in even months later. It is good to be prepared. Today, we are going to focus on just how damaging natural debris can be.

Debris Build-up and Unintended Consequences

All that it takes is a little moisture and those leaves begin to degrade into a soggy, heavy mess that clogs drains, blocks scuppers and invites mold, fungi and even mildew. If it is not promptly removed, the leaves and debris can lead to backed-up water, which increases the load on the roof deck that will not be pretty. Standing water, just 1-inch deep, adds up to five pounds per-square-foot of live load on the roof assembly and gutters. Over time, standing water can leach the pliable properties out of some single-ply membranes, reducing flexibility and the life of the roof and gutter.

Vigilance Reduces Risk

Maintenance crews should be trained to look specifically for leaves and other debris around drains and scuppers. During the fall and any other season in general, frequent checks and prompt debris-removal are absolutely essential to prevent build-up and blockage. Areas of standing water could in fact indicate blocked drains. Partially blocked drains allow water flow. Even if you do not see standing water, that does not mean you do not have a drainage problem. Staining of the roof’s surface could indicate previous ponding, which is also a red flag to look out for. Not every issue caused by leaves and debris is apparent to the untrained eye, so it is vital to have a qualified roofing professional and / or one who is professional at remodeling take a look. Drains and gutters should be cleared now!

Professional Inspection

In addition to disposal of leaves and debris, a qualified roofing special and company who professionalize in remodeling will water-test both internal and external drains and inspect gutters and downspouts. While they are at it, they will check the miniscule things that can escape the notice of a maintenance crew such as examining strainers to ensure that they are in place and that the bolts holding them are secure. It takes a strained eye to recognize early issues with sealants, flashings, mortar, seams and penetrations. Gutters and downspouts should be checked for sagging, loose connections and broken or missing fasteners.

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