Basic Repairs for Moms

Maintaining Your Home's Exterior Drainage

The interior of your home is kept dry and warm by the protection of your roof and other exterior drainage features, which should be kept strong and functioning properly. A home which allows moisture intrusion creates an environment for mold and mildew growth and health issues for you and your family. Here are some tips to help you keep your home's exterior draining well and your home's interior free of moisture problems.

Keep Your Trees Trimmed

If your home has any number of trees, deciduous or coniferous, within its yard to add beauty and shade, you will need to complete some extra yard and exterior home maintenance to keep your roof and gutters free of organic tree debris. Trees surrounding your lot in your neighbors' yards can also contribute to this type of build-up on your roof and within the drainage gutters of your home.

When trees shed their leaves in the fall, this organic material can fall upon your roof and become lodged within your gutters, causing clogs and improper home drainage. Trim any trees with branches hanging over your home's roof to keep the build-up to a minimum.

Clean Out Your Gutters

It is also recommended to clean out your gutters throughout the year to keep them flowing clean. You can use a pressure washer and a medium-flow nozzle tip to spray out any debris. Be sure you safely access your roof to complete this task, and don't spray your roofing shingles with the pressure washer's spray, as this can damage your shingles.

You can have a professional gutter company, like Mr.Gutter, LLC, install gutter screens as an additional protection for your gutters. These screens keep your home gutters free of leaves, twigs, and needles without you having to periodically spray them clean. However, it may be necessary to spray off the surface of the screens if they become covered in any debris, but the interior of your gutters won't become logged.

Install Adequate Gutter Drainage

As an additional back-up, it is important to make sure your gutters drain into a concrete or other stone material gutter runoff collection point. This prevents your gutters from draining directly onto the soil around your home, which can cause soil erosion and cause the moisture to seep into your home basement and foundation.

There are many types of decorative gutter runoff collectors you can use and place in appropriate spots to prevent soil erosion and moisture intrusion. Talk to a gutter professional about options they have available.

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Basic Repairs for Moms

Hi, my name is Annie Sullivan. I'm a stay-at-home mom with four kids between the ages of 1 and 7. Two of them are twins: they're 3. Let me tell you--you learn a lot as a mom that you would never expect! Not only am I chef, chauffeur, teacher, and caretaker, but I also have become an amateur repair man, plumber, and construction worker. I do more heavy lifting and repair work than I ever imagined. Do you know how many Barbies can fit down a toilet drain? It's quite surprising. Do you know how to get them out? I do. I've learned a lot of this just through trial and error--and the internet. I also had my husband teach me some tricks, since I usually can't wait until he gets home to solve the problem. Hopefully you other moms out there can learn something from this site!