With all of the rain that the spring season brings, gutter maintenance is extremely important. Clogged or broken gutters can slow down the draining process while it’s raining, leading to roof leaks and water damage. Take an hour out of your day this coming weekend and perform a quick inspection and maintenance of your gutter system.
Step 1: Using a ladder, head up to your gutters with a bucket and begin to scoop out any and all debris that may be sitting within the gutters. A buildup of leaves, animal droppings, and sticks are the most common items found.
Step 2: Once all of the debris has been cleared, wash out your gutters using the garden hose. While the smaller pieces of debris are being washed away, keep your eyes peeled for any leaks throughout the underside of the gutters,
Step 3: Keep the water flowing from the hose into the gutters. Inspect the flow and make sure the water is draining properly. If there are any sections of standing water, the gutter system should be readjusted to allow for the perfect amount of slope for drainage.
Step 4: Inspect all of the fasteners and hangers on the gutter system. Ensure that the gutter system is secure and isn’t at risk of disconnecting during a storm with an excessive amount of rainfall.
Step 5: Inspect not only the gutters, but the downspouts as well. Look for any holes, cracks, or misaligned seams that are leading to leaks and improper water drainage. Look to install splash blocks at the end of downspouts if water is collecting beneath them.
Inspecting and maintaining your gutter system is a quick and easy chore that should be done a few times per year. If you need help with gutter repairs or full replacement, contact the expert installers at Preferred Exterior. To learn more, or to schedule a free estimate, give us a call at (516) 354-7252.