Gutters help manage storm runoff, redirecting it away from the house to prevent storm and water damage. There are certain seasons where it’s especially important that your gutters are properly working and clean. Spring is one of the rainiest seasons of the year. And when there’s going to be a lot of rain, you want to ensure that your gutters will be able to hold up to their primary task. It’s time to inspect those gutters to make sure they’re in proper shape for the upcoming season. A winter gutter inspection leaves you plenty of time to make any necessary repairs or replace damaged gutters.
How to Inspect Gutters
You don’t need to be a pro to make sure your gutters are in working order. Follow these easy DIY gutter inspection tips:
- Make sure you have all of the debris and leaves out of the gutters
- If there are small particles of organic debris, flush them out with a hose. While the water runs through the channel, keep an eye on the underside of the gutter and look for leaks.
- Check the downspout to make sure the water flows freely. If water isn’t flowing well, check the pipe for clogs.
- Look for missing sealant. Check the joints where the gutters form a seam with other pipes and the downspout. If the sealant is flaking, patchy, or missing, it’s time to apply new sealant applying new sealant.
- Look for leaks in the gutters. If you notice any holes in the pipes, they will need to be replaced.