Doing a DIY or home repair, depending upon the component of the home you are working on, may need a little professional advice. If you haven't done much repair, but want to take the challenge, you should first find out the intricate details required for that particular repair.
Drainpipe and gutter leaks
For major electrical or plumbing repairs it is most definitely the best thing if you call a plumber or electrician.
For things like mold invasion you can take a number of steps to inhibit this, if it's done properly you can eliminate it. Mold is a dangerous health hazard. You can remove it but must take additional steps to make sure it does not return. It is a good idea to get professional home repair advice before you attempt using any chemicals to eliminate mold. Window leaks can cause mold as well as rot.
The homeowner can fix drainpipe and gutter leaks easily. Of all, check the gutters, maybe they are full of debris, like fallen leaves etc. Clean them out and then see if there is still a leak, maybe they were just blocking the entryway for the water to escape. If the drainpipe itself has a hole that is easily replaced and you only need replace the one section. When you go to purchase your supplies speak with an experienced sales person for home repair advice.
This is supposed to be one of the most relaxing repair jobs in the house. With the correct tools and taking your time for intricate details such as edging, this is where you paint at the top of the wall close to the ceiling or around doors and windows. You can either use painters tape, or just go slow and take your time, see just how steady your hand really is.
For appliance repair often it is something simple, like a broken belt or switch, in which case most of the time you might be able to replace it yourself. However, most large appliances these days are completely sealed and it is advised you call a repair man to check out the problem. Once you take the appliance apart, if you can't get it back together you're sunk and you wish you 'd called a professional for some home repair advice before you started. Because the repair man has to put it all back together before he can find the problem, it could end up costing you twice as much.
It's a consistent theme, almost an axiom - the worse a chore or problem is, the higher amount of proposed solutions to handle it more successfully. For example - because mice are plentiful, carry disease, chew and destroy things, and in general scare a lot of the population, there are many attempts for a "better mouse trap."
Conversely, take something relatively pleasant, such as cutting fresh flowers out of your garden. There are not too many infomercials for the new, handy-dandy "Fresh Flower Harvester!
If asked, most homeowners would group cleaning gutters closer to the first example above. Accordingly, historically there have been many attempts to help homeowners avoid this undesirable choir. Much like the mousetrap, some work great, some work poorly and some have mixed results. We will take a brief review of various types of gutter protection and point out strengths and weaknesses.
Rolls of mesh screening, whether plastic or thin metal, barely qualify being called gutter protection. Because of this, the gutters still need cleaning which is now a more difficult job due to the screening. Frankly, just avoid covering your gutters with this material.
Plastic, Snap-In Gutter Screens
Snap-screens have virtually all of the same benefits (it they can be considered that) and negatives as mesh rolls with the primary distinction that they are a little sturdier. They commonly come in three to four foot sections of thin plastic or vinyl sheeting with stamp-cut holes in them. Being a little less flimsy, snap-ins will last a year or two longer before the severe warping and cracking starts. Rarely will they last beyond four or five years. If you are located in an environment that is exclusively large deciduous leaves you will reap some benefit, namely, being able to reduce your cleaning frequency by 50 to 100%. Remember that the cleaning will take at least twice as long due to having to remove and reinstall the screens. And once taken out to clean underneath them, you will virtually never get them back in the same position as previous to cleaning. In the interim between cleanings, since they are flat and have jagged surface, debris tends to just sit on top of them. This results in much water overflow. These do not quite qualify as a half-measure as that gives them too much credit. If such a term existed, "quarter-measure" would best apply.
Convex Hinged Screens
This allows considerable debris to pass into the gutter. In an apparent concession to their limit capabilities, these screens come with a hinge that attaches to the gutter. At the junction of the pitched roof meeting the gutter, these screens arch back upward, creating a small valley for debris that is slowing coming off of the roof to get stopped.
Reverse Curve Covers
Patented in the early 1900s, there is nothing new about a metal or plastic cover over the top of the gutter that employs surface tension to direct water into the gutter. This approach was the start of serious, thought-out gutter protection systems that can yield more benefits than negatives. However, as ingenious as they are, they still do carry some significant shortcomings. With low and medium levels of rainwater flow, such systems will indeed direct water right around a cover over the top and right into the gutter. With heavy rains, it is common for the surface tension to break and the water to flow straight over the edge of the cover. This of course, defeats the entire purpose for having a gutter in the first place. You must be aware of the severity of rain encountered in your area when considering such a product. If you usually have just mild, light Remodeling contractors near me rains, then these systems might not overflow to often as described above.
One of the other shortcomings of these systems it in what follows the water right around the cover's curve and right into the gutter. If you have fir and pine needles, seed pods and other smaller types of debris, plan on much of it still ending up in your gutter. The difficulty is that with such covers, access to the interior is often either very complicated or impossible. Such systems often will try to accommodate for this by having very large downspouts to accommodate all the debris that still flows down the gutter. This can lead to underground clogs and if indeed the clog develops in the gutter itself, good luck in clearing it. With these systems, it is critical to know the environment around your house well - if it is void of needles and small debris and not subject to heavy rainfall, they can provide a good benefit.
Employing the principal of intentionally filtering the gutter and displacing the volume of the gutter's space with the filter's polypropylene material instead of debris, foam inserts are a more versatile method of gutter protection. Debris is prevented from occupying the gutter because they are already full with a very porous material.
Typically flat across the top and always a jagged surface due to the open cell design, debris can tend to get caught up and not rinse off as easily as if the top surface was smooth. While debris tends to dry out quickly when on top of the inserts (which helps much of it blow off,) some may stay. This results in the need to still periodically blow or clean off the tops of the inserts. This might not be as bad as it sounds as most roofs still require periodic blowing or cleaning for there own sake anyway. Additionally, cleaning off the tops of inserts is much faster and easier that cleaning the gutters themselves. A realistic set of expectations is critical to be most pleased with these systems.
While structurally much different that inserts, micromesh screens employ one of the same primary principals as the inserts. They act to filter the water entering the gutter. Additionally, the best of the micromesh screens do not mount flat but rather at an angle similar to the roofs pitch, thus allow much more if not all of the debris to slide or rinse off.
Issues All Systems May Face
There are some issues that may pose problems for every gutter protection system. These issues are usually not a result of any specific inadequacy of the gutter protection but rather simply of the house's design or of unique environmental events.
Steep roof valleys, particularly if very long, can result in large amounts of water running down the roof at accelerated speeds. Often even unprotected gutters in such locations will experience water overshooting them in the heaviest of rains. The combination of the volume of roof field emptying into the valleys, the valley's length and the roof's pitch will determine whether this is a natural trouble spot regardless of gutter system.
A similar problem can occur when there is an over-sized roof field emptying into too little of a gutter. Often, when trying to balance a multitude of design needs, the functionality of the gutter system gets low priority by architects and house designers. On occasion there are houses with huge volumes of roof that have no choice but to empty into a small section of gutter. In such areas, overflowing gutters in almost inevitable in heavier rains, even if uncovered and perfectly cleaned. It is a simple capacity issue. Any gutter protection system installed in such areas is not at fault for overflow, as they can not be expected to magically increase gutter volume.
A good gutter protection system needs to be able to handle the small of amount of shingle granule that commonly trickles down over the years. However, when a roof is brand new, it on occasion may temporarily loose a little extra granule. When an old roof nears the point of failure and granules starts to come down at a grossly accelerated pace, much worst though is. No gutter protection system can be expected to shed all of the granule and sand-like material that comes down without experiencing some performance impediments when this occurs.
If you take all of the pros and cons of these various systems into consideration along with the external environmental factors of your yard, you increase your chance of discovering the best "mouse trap" for your purposes. You may even walk away smelling like a freshly cut rose.
Patented in the early 1900s, there is nothing new about a metal or plastic cover over the top of the gutter that employs surface tension to direct water into the gutter. If you have fir and pine needles, seed pods and other smaller types of debris, plan on much of it still ending up in your gutter. Such systems often will try to accommodate for this by having very large downspouts to accommodate all the debris that still flows down the gutter. Employing the principal of intentionally filtering the gutter and displacing the volume of the gutter's space with the filter's polypropylene material instead of debris, foam inserts are a more versatile method of gutter protection. Any gutter protection system installed in such areas is not at fault for overflow, as they can not be expected to magically increase gutter volume.