If you’re like most homeowners, you probably don’t think about your gutters and downspouts until there’s a problem. By then, however, it may be too late 一 a clogged gutter or downspout means all the rain or snow will have to look for some outlet somewhere.
Unnecessary leaks can cause water damage to your home, so it’s important to inspect them regularly. In this blog post, we will show you how to inspect your gutters and downspouts for damage and clogs.
Here’s a list of what to look out for when inspecting gutters and downspouts:
Are the gutters and downspouts clogged with leaves, debris, or ice?
Blockage in gutters and downspouts can cause water to back up and overflow, which can lead to water damage.
Do the gutters and downspouts appear to be loose or detached?
Loose or detached gutters and downspouts can allow water to leak through, causing further damage.
Are there any cracks or holes in the gutters or downspouts?
Cracks, holes, and other outlets on the gutter and downspout surface can allow water to seep through, which will harm the surfaces of your house, and even its foundations.
Are the gutters and downspouts properly attached to the roof?
Improperly attached gutters and downspouts can come loose in severe weather conditions, which can lead to more damage.
Is there any rust or corrosion on the gutters or downspouts?
Rust or corrosion can weaken the gutters and downspouts, making them more susceptible to damage. Like any disease or illness, if left unnoticed and untreated, water fill seep through and cause molds and other unwanted signs of wear and tear to the exterior of your house, and could also weaken the house’s foundation.
Are any of the gutters or downspouts bent or damaged?
Damaged gutters or downspouts can cause to more extreme, irreversible effects. Rust and corrosion could form on exposed surfaces and edges that will lead to further wear and tear. In addition, bent and damaged gutters or downspouts, in the long run, could loosen some parts, which may potentially put you and your family at risk.
Do the gutters and downspouts slope in the correct direction?
Improperly sloped gutters and downspouts can cause water to back up and overflow, leading to water damage.
Are the gutter spikes and hangers properly installed?
It is important for gutter spikes and hangers to be properly installed so that the gutters and downspouts do not come loose or become detached.
What to do to keep a healthy gutters and downspouts system for your home
If you find that your gutters or downspouts are damaged or clogged, don’t try to fix them by yourself! Call a professional gutter company to manage the inspection of your gutter system. They will be able to clean out the gutters, repair any damage, and make sure that they are properly installed.
Don’t wait until there’s a problem to inspect your gutters and downspouts! Schedule an inspection regularly. Or better yet, make arrangements with a professional gutter and downspouts specialist to create a solid and regular maintenance inspection and repair. This way you can be rest assured that your home is protected from water damage for a long time.
Article by Hannah Mounsey
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