As their name would imply, the job of rain gutters is to catch and divert rainwater away from the roof. Since getting wet is part of the job, then it should follow that the gutters are cleaned every time it rains, right? According to NOLO.com, this is not exactly the case; like everything in a house, gutters too require regular maintenance and cleaning or they will clog up and cause all sorts of trouble:
When water sits in a gutter, trapped by leaves or debris, it can weigh the gutter down and move it too far from the lip of the shingles to properly catch rain running off the roof. Asphalt shingle roofing materials also shed asphalt granules, which collect in the gutters and have to be removed. It’s also a good idea to trim nearby tree branches.
No Minnesota roofing system is complete without a set of reliable gutters; experts from companies like Garlock-French Corporation, which specializes in the repair and maintenance of roofs and gutters in Minneapolis, are aware of this. However, even the professionals appreciate it when homeowners do their part in keeping their gutters in good working condition. After all, they are ultimately the ones responsible for the well-being of their household.
Homeowners can start by removing errant branches, twigs, debris, and the like from their gutters. They can also look for any cracks and gaps in the seams of the gutters, as these are the primary causes of water leaks, although the task may prove to be a challenge for those with poor eyesight. If possible, the homeowners should also assess the condition of their roofing system and ensure that every shingle or tile is secured; if not, they could fall from their frames and cause physical damage and/or clog the gutters.
Whether accomplished through personal effort or through professionals from companies like Garlock-French, the inspection and maintenance of gutters in Minneapolis, MN (or anywhere else really) should be carried out before the onset of the winter season, which usually occurs from November to April in Minnesota. A faulty gutter system will almost certainly fall apart once the blizzards strike, mainly due to ice buildup. Don’t wait for this to happen; have your gutters checked immediately.
(Article Excerpt and Image fromSmall shifts in pitch can keep rain gutters from working properly: Home Work column, NOLA, November 7, 2013)