Take care of rain gutters to prevent damage to your home’s roof and exterior

There are just a few steps to follow in order to maintain gutters. First, climb a ladder and clean the goop out of the gutters. The decomposed leaves make great mulch or compost. Pay particular attention to the downspout. If leaves and debris are clogging it, water won’t drain properly, and along with mildew and mud you’ll end up with sagging gutters.

Check all the spikes that are supposed to go through the gutter, through the fascia board and into the rafter behind it. At most homes, these spikes miss the rafters entirely, usually because the spike has just worked its way out of the hole over the years. It’s a good idea to invest in new gutter spikes so the gutters are securely fastened once again.

Another thing you want to look at are the sources of any leaks, including holes in the gutters and cracked caulking in the seams. Use an old chisel to scrape the old caulking out and dry the area thoroughly. Then use new bead silicon sealing to keep water from getting down behind the gutters and rotting the boards.

During this inspection, check out the rivets on the downspout. Frequently they’ll be loose or will have dropped out completely, all that is needed is a rivet gun to secure them anew.

Once you’ve finished with the mechanics, you can attend to cleaning the gutters. The best way is with a pressure washer. Follow the instructions that come with the washer to the letter. A pressure washer won’t hurt the gutters provided you’ve secured the gutters with screws or new spikes. The real key is to avoid hitting the gutters at too high an angle or you’ll blow the shingles off with a high-pressure stream of water.

If the gutters are rusting, they are very old. They’ve moved to aluminum and vinyl gutters now, and they don’t rust. You might want to consider new gutters. But if you’re going to stay with the old ones, get all the rust off, sand them down, paint them with a good primer and then with a good-quality rust-inhibiting paint.

A splash block is a very important element. It keeps the water coming out of the downspouts from digging a trench next to the house, and it keeps water away from the home’s foundation.

What a Difference a Few Months Make

If you’ve ever taken on a home renovation project, you know one thing to be true: They can be wildly unpredictable.

The amount of time your kitchen, bathroom or basement overhaul drags on all hinges on the size of the space and having some realistic expectations.  The very first step is the most important, and it is homeowner homework! This process can take months, but it will pay off.

Collect pictures about your vision of the finished space, and all the finishes and materials — like flooring, cabinets etc. Additionally, check if these materials are available and have a backup in case they are not. Without having this done ahead of time, this can really interfere with the schedule.

The next steps will be plans, taking all the measurements and ordering of materials. Next, the permits, if required, will need to be obtained, which can take some time. Once these steps are done the job can move forward into demolition and full-fledged renovation.  A homeowner can spend 1 to 3 months just getting prepared for a big job.

The “unknowns” are a big issue. Waiting on special material or finish orders, and structural issues that require additional permits can delay a few weeks to a month.  Be prepared and do your research.

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