Inspecting Your Gutters for DamageFebruary 7, 2019
Gutters are an integral part of the structure of your home. Installed along the roof’s edge, they are designed to capture overflow from rain and other runoffs. If they experience damage, there could potentially be a clog that may cause severe water damage to your home. Listed below are the steps you should take at least twice a year (and after every severe storm) to make sure that your gutters are still in working condition and functioning properly. If you find any issues, contact a professional service to perform any repair work that needs to be done.
Choose Dry Days
The most effective time to check your gutters for damage is when the weather has been dry. Before embarking on your inspection, make sure that there has not been any rain for at least two days prior. This will make it much easier to clean the gutters too.
Find a Friend or Family Member to Help
While this may seem like the simplest step, it may also be the most important. In order to properly inspect your gutters, you will need to climb a ladder. The only safe way to climb a ladder is to have someone holding the ladder steady on the ground while you climb. Exercise extreme caution when off the ground to ensure you stay safe.
Clear Out Debris
Once you have scaled the ladder and are looking down onto the rooftop, scoop leaves and major debris out of the gutter. You will want to place this removed debris either in a secure bucket attached to your ladder or simply drop them on the ground for later cleanup. Flush the smaller debris out with a hose and be aware that you may have to physically remove some of the larger pieces of debris.
Check Your Downspout
Check your downspout by pouring water from the hose from the top the bottom. If your water is not flowing freely, there could be a blockage in the downspout. If the downspout connects to an underground pipe, remove it and use a strong spray of water to loosen up debris. If there is still tough debris, use a plumber’s snake to break up the clog and clear it out.
Look at Spikes and Hangers
If there is standing or extremely slow-moving water in your gutter, then the slope is probably not set right. Spikes and hangers can work themselves loose over time and there is a chance that they could require reattachment or replacement.Once properly attached to the home and with the correct slope, you minimize chances of gutters becoming blocked.
Take a Look Around Your Home
Flooding issues can appear in your home in a number of different ways. If you notice water damage or pooling, this could be a sign of a clogged area or a gutter that is not pitched correctly. Do a quick sweep of your home as a part of your inspection.