How to maintain roofs and gutters?
Learn how to maintain and repair your roofs and gutters to avoid leaks, leaks or moisture problems in winter and have your home ready for rain.
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In autumn, and before winter begins, it is essential to assess the condition of the roof, this means repairing damaged tiles or planks, as well as cleaning gutters and downspouts. This is the best way to prepare for the rainy season, and prevent moisture problems inside and outside the home. Keep in mind the tips we bring for you and get ready for the rainy season.
Before making any repairs to roofs or gutters, it is very important to take appropriate safety measures to prevent accidents during work. Evaluate the best way to climb the roof and access the gutters.
Use a ladder in good condition and rent a scaffold to have more stability and comfort during work. Also use a lifeline and parachute harness.
How to clean gutters and slopes?
1 With your hands and using gloves, remove leaves and branches that may be blocking the passage of water through the gutters. For the cleaning of the gutters, hard or plastic bristle brushes can be used, everything will depend on the dirt, and it must be evaluated that the use of steel bristle brushes does not break the tinplate gutters or scratch the PVC gutters.
Recommendations: Never affix a ladder directly over a gutter or a descent, they could be damaged. If the floor is made of grass or soft earth, put a board or pieces of wood under the legs to give them greater stability and prevent them from sinking. The board should have a larger supporting surface than the legs.
2 Washing and uncovering: You can use a hose with a piston nozzle or a hydrowasher, the pressure of the water will wash the inside of the gutters and slopes, will drag residues and unclog them in case of obstruction. Using this method you can also check the state of the gutters and downspouts, if they have leaks or holes that need to be fixed.
Recommendations The most common mistake is to send the water from the gutters to the sewer, but this collapses the system because they already come with rainwater from the streets. That’s why the water from the slopes must fall into a drainage well or a rain collection system.
3 Repair leaks and fissures: You can seal fissures with a tapagotera applied with a gun calafatera or spatula. We recommend that you protect the head of the screws with a tamper-evident, as this is one of the areas where water and humidity can be filtered.
4 Clean the mushrooms: Clean the ceiling with a broom and a brush. The mushrooms are removed with chlorine diluted in water, in a ratio of 1 to 10. Sponge this mixture over the mushrooms, scrub to remove completely. Leave to dry and the cracks will be exposed.
5 Repair cracks: Cracks are usually caused by pressing too hard on the screw, or by walking on the roof. These cracks are still enlarged by the pressure of the water on the structure.
As a solution to the emergency you can apply an epoxy adhesive, which has a catalyst that when it hardens is more rigid, which is what we need. If it were a more flexible one, the plate would continue to work and the crack would grow.
6 Changing the plate: For a definitive solution of a crack or when the breakage cannot be solved with epoxy adhesive, the plate must be replaced. In order to do this, it is necessary to worry about leaving the overlap.