With temperatures across the country beginning to drop, colorful fall foliage paints the landscape. And as the crisp fall winds start to blow, they’ll take some of those leaves with them. If you haven’t inspected your gutters this season, now is the time to do so. Here’s what you need to know about cleaning and inspecting your gutters this fall.
Why Is a Gutter Inspection So Important?
Your gutters serve one major purpose: to collect the rainwater falling from your roof and move it away from your home. Homeowners usually don’t spend much time thinking about their gutters until there’s an issue – and by that time, the damage can be substantial. As can the cost of repair. Regular inspections, however, can help you discover problems early, before they compound. If you find a crack in your gutter early on, for example, it is relatively easy to fix by simply replacing that section of gutter. But if that crack goes unnoticed, it can lead to serious foundation damage, which can add up to thousands of dollars in repair.
Professional vs DIY Inspections
It’s recommended that you inspect your gutters at least a few times each year, especially after significant weather events that may lead to damage. Some of these checks you can do on your own. But you should call a professional for an annual inspection to take a detailed look at your system and ensure it is in proper working order. Professionals are trained to spot things that may be more difficult for the untrained eye to see – and the earlier issues are detected, the quicker, easier and better repairs can be. What’s more, a professional may be able to recommend additional parts or products, such as gutter guards, that can actually reduce maintenance, prevent problems, and save you money over time.
How to Intermittently Inspect Your Own Gutters
In order to do a proper inspection, start by walking around the outside perimeter of your home to check for any areas that sag; these will need to be repaired. Also check for areas where the gutter may be pulling away from your home. This is usually visible on the underside from below.
Next, climbing a stable ladder, look at the gutter as closely as possible to ensure there are no cracks, holes, rust areas, or corrosion. Be sure to scoop out any leaves or debris that you find along the way. Finally, take a close look at the gutter seams and ensure your downspouts are not clogged. You can do this using a hose to run water through the system and watch for any drips. If you see any issues at all, contact a professional for repairs as soon as possible to prevent further damage.
Fall is one of the most beautiful seasons of the year, but thanks to increasing rains and falling leaves, it can wreak havoc on your gutters. This is why it is so important to inspect your gutters often, and to call professional at least once a year to catch problems that can’t afford to be missed.