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When Should You Add a Gutter Spout Diverter

Gutters take rain water and deposit it away from the base of your foundation and the side of your home, but what do you do when the water is being released in an inconvenient place? The easiest and most affordable solution is to add a gutter downspout diverter. As the name suggests, a downspout diverter diverts water away from a specific area. There are both unique and common situations to why you may want to add a gutter diverter – we’ll dive into them below!

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How to Fix Overflowing Gutters

Your gutter system is only going to be effective if it’s running smoothly, and while most of the time your gutters should be low-maintenance, if your gutter system is older or hasn’t been maintained in a while, you may run into an overflowing gutter issue. As the name suggests, when your gutters are overflowing, water is running over the top of your gutters, instead of being properly channeled to the downspouts. Overflowing gutters can lead to foundation issues, mold within your home, and soil erosion, so it’s something that should be proactively avoided. Luckily, to prevent overflow, your gutter system just needs a little TLC. Below we will cover the best ways to prevent overflowing gutters – let’s dive in!

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Types of Gutter Hangers

As a homeowner, it’s important that you understand all the different elements of equipment and structural additions that help your home run smoothly. That applies to gutters and their smaller components including gutter hangers. Below we will explain what gutter hangers are and detail the different types of gutter hangers so you can make the best choice for your home – let’s dive in!

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What Causes Leaking Gutters

Gutters are designed to funnel rainwater away from your home to prevent foundation damage and soil erosion, and when they’re leaking, they’re not doing their job which can lead to costly home repairs down the line. If you notice that your gutters may be leaking, it’s likely due to one of the following causes. 

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Parts of a Gutter

Whether you already have gutters or are interested in adding them to your home, knowing the parts of a gutter will help you understand how they work and why they’re so important for your property. To help in your understanding, we’ve compiled a list of the major parts of a gutter and described their importance. Let’s dive in!

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Do Gutter Guards Work

If you’re a homeowner, you’ve most likely heard of gutter guards, but as a quick refresher, gutter guards are specially designed pieces of plastic or metal used to keep large debris out of gutters. There are several main types of gutter guards – the most popular being mesh gutter guards, bottle brush gutter guards, and nylon gutter guards. While each type has its own pros and cons, they all work to prevent leaves, rocks, and branches from clogging your gutters. 

Of course, before you add gutter guards to your home you want to make sure they will work for your specific situation. Below we will answer the question “Do gutter guards work?” and detail everything else you need to know about gutter guards before making your decision. 

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How Often Should You Clean Your Gutters

When gutters are clean, they work extremely well in moving excess rainwater from your roof through the downspouts. However, when they become clogged, water can quickly spill over and ruin your landscaping and foundation. Unfortunately, gutters can be easily clogged as debris, twigs, leaves, and even pine needles can quickly cause a blockage. 

To keep your gutters clean and water smoothly running, you need to get your gutters cleaned regularly. This brings us to the question – “How often should you clean your gutters?”; the short answer to this question is twice a year, however, there are several instances where you will need to get them cleaned more regularly. 

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What to Do When Your Downspout is Clogged

While you may remember to clean your gutters or check them for clogs, most people forget to double-check their downspouts. For context, downspouts are the vertical pipes used to take the water collected by the gutters and carry the water away from the house. Because downspouts see so much volume, they can easily get clogged with leaves, twigs and other debris.

If you think your downspout is clogged, you first need to find and confirm the blockage.

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When to Replace Your Gutters

Gutters are an essential part of protecting your home from leaks, foundation erosion and yard damage, but they’re not indestructible. Depending on how old your home is, and the type of gutters you have, you will have to replace your gutters every once in a while. How frequently you need to replace them and when you need to replace them are dependent on a few factors, but if your gutters are experiencing any of the following, it’s their time to be replaced.

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Best Materials for Gutters

Gutters are an essential addition to any home. No matter the climate you’re located in, gutters can prevent excess water from causing foundation issues and soil corrosion, and keep your yard healthy and beautiful. Although the choice to add gutters to your home is an easy one, choosing the material for your gutters can be a little more challenging. The four most common materials for gutters are aluminum, vinyl, copper and steel. 

Each one of these materials has their own set of pros and cons. We will dive into the features and drawbacks of each to help make your gutter material selection a little easier! 

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