Fully functioning gutters are one of the most important parts of home maintenance. To prevent the expensive home maintenance repairs – roof problems, flooding, paint erosion – follow these easy steps:
- Scoop out debris. Make sure you are using a ladder that is secured to the wall and have someone spotting you. Drop any debris into a bucket or onto the ground. Do not leave it sitting on the roof.
- Flush any small, remaining debris out with a hose. This will clear out your gutters and provide an indicator of its functionality.
- If you notice water is backing up somewhere, try clearing out the downspout, where the water comes out from the gutters.
- Inspect your gutters for spots of standing water, which may indicate that a certain section may not be working properly.
- Look for spaces between the gutters and the wall or roof. If it’s pulling away from the wall, securing it now is much easier than replacing your whole drainage system later on.
- Search carefully with leaks and splitting seams. These can easily be repaired with a waterproof sealant.
If after all of this your gutters are still not functioning properly, call a professional.