Gouttières Et Revêtements Alco's specialists have some tips and tricks for keeping your gutters in good condition.
How to maintain your gutters?
1. Clean the gutter profiles
This means remove all debris that has fallen into the gutters. You need to remove branches, rocks, leaves and all other debris found there.
2. Start at the bottom of the gutter
Open the evacuation vents, remove debris and wash with water.
3. Decluttering the profiles
Remove anything that got stuck in the profiles. You can try using a trowel for this.
4. Repair leaks
Turn a bucket upside down to black the down flow, and fill the gutter with water to find and repair the leaks.
5. Check and repair obstructions
Remove the bucket and check that everything flows out into the drain. Check the bend in the downspout and remove any obstructions.
6. Wash the gutters
Wash the gutters thoroughly with a stream of water. Be careful if you are working on a ladder. It is sometimes better to call on a specialist in the field.
7. Use a high-pressure washer
If you wish, you can clean your gutters using a high-pressure washer.
8. Use a cylindrical brush
This type of brush will be excellent for scraping the inside of the profiles of your gutters.
9. Use pliers with handles
Pliers will help you a lot. They can even be equipped with telescopic extensions.
10. Take stock
After cleaning your gutters, it is important to always take stock. Check to see if there are any holes in the gutters, if there are any broken hangers, if the connecting joints are in good condition and the brackets are still on.
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Tips for Reducing Gutter and Downspout Noise
Metal gutters can sometimes be noisy, especially if they have a lot of corners, turns and baffles. Sometimes, this noise can be disturbing for some homeowners whose bedroom is on the 2nd floor of the house, for example. However, it is possible to remedy the situation.
A Solution for Gutters with Elbows
An easy option to reduce the noise of a downspout is to install a nylon rope. Simply glue a 3/8"diameter rope around the hole in the downspout with gutter sealant. Afterwards, you can stick the rope in the elbows so that it follows the shape of the downspout.
Another option is to install a square of sponge, shingle or carpet in the bottom of the elbow so that this square absorbs the noise in the gutter. However, be careful that this spongy material does not obstruct the water flow, as that would cause problems much more serious than noise.
If the gutter noise really annoys you, you can also install a rain chain. The rain will slide gently along the chain rather than falling loudly down the spout.