New Gutters on a Home

New Gutters on a HomeWhen gutters and downspouts are plugged or in need of repair, you will most likely end up with moisture and/or drainage problems around your house.

Inspect and clean gutters and downspouts at least twice a year—once before the start of winter and again in late spring.

Check the gutter outlet opening where the water flows into the downspout.

Check all gutter hangers for tightness.

Check each downspout for leaks and water flow, by spouting water into each gutter, using a hose or pail of water.

If there are leaks, repair them. Use a wire brush suitable for the gutter material to clean the area of the leak and to free loose metal, rust or other materials. Gutters and downspouts may be of steel, copper, plastic aluminum or wood. Wipe clean. Apply a “putty” or any of the materials such as asphalt roof cement, suited for the gutter repair and the type of gutter material you are repairing.

Safety is also very important when you are cleaning gutters or working on the roof. Always use a sturdy ladder long enough to reach the highest gutter. If you cannot do the job safely or do not have the skills and tools to do so, consider having a professional clean and repair your gutters. It is best to have someone else around when you are doing the cleaning that requires climbing.


Cleaning Gutters and Downspouts - UNL Extension in Lancaster County

Home Fixit: Maintaining the House Structure - UNL Extension

Improving Stormwater Management at Residential Sites - UNL Extension in Douglas/Sarpy Counties

Wet Basements Possible During or Just After Drought - IANR News

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