Gutters and downspouts play a critical role in your roofing and drainage systems. When these parts fail, it often means extensive, costly, and complicated repairs. To reduce the risk of problems, A+ Roofing experts who specialize in residential roofing in Naperville Illinois, recommend regular inspection and maintenance.
Gutters direct water away from the roof, while downspouts carry water away from the foundation of your house. When they are blocked, water may back up into the shingles, exposing the layers underneath them to moisture. If undetected, this may lead to leaks and even mold or mildew growth. Furthermore, clogged gutters and downspouts may make your roof prone to ice dam formation during the cold season.
The first step to having well-maintained gutters and downspouts is routine inspection. Although it’s recommended to have trained roofers do this, you may perform a quick checkup, so you have an idea of the condition of your gutters and downspouts. When doing so, make sure to use safety precautions, such as a steady ladder and a second person to hold it.
Check for build-up of vegetation and debris, such as moss, leaves, and other objects that may have passed through the gutters and gone down the spouts. If you notice dark granules in the downspouts, you may have problems with your shingles.
You should also inspect the wire strainers on all your downspout connections. They will help prevent large debris from getting through the downspouts and into the sewer lines. If you have underground drains, making sure nothing blocks the passage of water as this will save you a lot of hassle. A blocked drain may mean you have to dig up the line to unclog it.
Regular roof, gutter, and downspout inspection is the key to having a roof in good condition all year round.
For all your roofing needs, get in touch with A+ Roofing. We offer a range of commercial and residential roofing services, including roof replacement in Naperville Illinois. Our contractors are HAAG certified and EPA Lead-Safe certified. In addition, we also have certifications from leading brands, including VELUX and Owens Corning. Contact us to schedule a free property inspection or to learn more about us and our services.
Check out part one of our blog series to learn about common problems with downspouts and gutters, which may affect your roof.