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One day when I was walking around my college campus, I saw a group of people with these yellow tripods. At first I thought they might be photographers, but they sure looked like strange ones! I went up and asked them what they were doing, and it turns out they were a group of students from a construction class who were surveying the land for a project. I was fascinated. I was able to sign up for the class the next semester, and while it didn't stick or change my professional trajectory, it did create a new hobby for me! Ever since then, I've been interested in construction, from surveying to management to the actual building. I figured running a blog about it would give me a nice excuse to keep up my interests!

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Seven Ways To Add Years To Your Gutter's Life

by Mike Brewer

Your gutters have a fairly big job, which is to take water and moisture away from your home. If gutters did not provide a way for water to go when it comes off the roof during a storm, it could potentially do damage to the home's structure over time. Consider using the following seven strategies to maintain the gutters of your home, and to extend their utility longer:

1. Give your gutter a wash.

Cleaning the gutters gives you the chance to check for leaks to keep them working effectively. Use a regular garden hose or power-washer, and a mild detergent.

2. Snake out the leaves.

If the gutter becomes clogged with leaves or debris, they can become heavy and sag, which leads to leaks. A regular plumbing snake works well when clearing out the home's gutters.

3. Use mesh to cover your gutter.

Covering the gutter's trough with a fine mesh screen can prevent debris from getting in and weighing down the gutter. This will make them stay secure, longer.

4. Invest in gutter guards.

There are some intriguing retail options that offer gutter protection with a minimal of effort by the homeowner. Hardware and home improvement stores have many options available.

5. Avoid putting pressure on your gutter.

Do not make the mistake of leaning a ladder against the gutter when working around your home. The weight of the ladder is enough to cause sagging and possibly leaks, while also posing danger to the person standing on the ladder.

6. Use the same holes.

If you find that you need to replace a segment of your gutter due to damage, be sure to use the same holes that have been punched in the adjoining segments to prevent leaks. Use a water-resilient epoxy or putty around the holes after to keep it extra-tight and leak-free.

7. Be on the look-out for leaks.

It is easiest to find the root of a leak in your gutter when you position yourself above the gutter, such as on the roof of the home. When you pour a bucket of water down the gutter trough, someone standing below should be able to see where the water escapes.

If you find that your gutters do need more extensive repair or replacement, talk with professionals about some of the newer gutters and eavestrough options that may exist currently. Whether seeking modern vinyl gutters or the standard aluminum variation, these experts may be able to point you in the most cost-efficient direction for your climate and budget.

To learn more, try contacting a company like Mr. Gutter with any questions you have.

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