What are Rain Gutters and How do they work?

 

Rain gutters help by channeling this water along the roof’s edge and directing it a safe distance away from your home. The same thing happens when snow melts in the winter. Rain gutters prevent the water from dripping around the home and help remove dirt from the slope of the roof. Gutters also give a finished look to the edge of the roof.

They must be maintained however to prevent any leaks. Leaks will penetrate directly into the house itself since the gutter sits inside the exterior wall line. Properly installed and maintained by proper cleaning these gutters have lasted over a hundred years.All gutters have downspouts of some kind. These come in ten foot straight lengths as well as elbows type A and Type B.

Also important to a good gutter system is to provide a way for the water to get from the end of the downspout away from the house foundation. There are commercial products that attach the downspout end that rolls out when water in the leader puts enough pressure on the inside of the roll. The plastic roll has holes to act like a sprinkler hose thereby letting the water out slowly causing no damage to plants or lawns below.

Gutters must be cleaned at least once a year to prevent debris from clogging the downspouts and causing gutter overflows. There are also some quite good washer attachments that fit on the end of a garden hose that will let you wash out the gutters from the ground or a small ladder. There are many types of leaf guards that fit inside the top gutter lips to prevent leaves from entering the gutter. Some work quite well, some not at all.

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