5 Steps To Ensure Your Gutters Are Ready For Summer Storms

Summer can often bring about violent storms and ensuring that your gutters are prepared for the conditions is an important part of being a homeowner. With high winds, heavy rain, and occasional hail your gutters need to be in good shape to withstand the summer storms. Ensure that your gutters are prepared with these 5 steps.

1. Inspect For Any Obvious Damage

If it’s been awhile since you’ve cleaned or checked your gutters there may be some obvious damage that can be seen from the yard or with a little closer look. Inspect your gutters from below and also with a ladder up close to see if you notice any immediate damage. Ensure that your gutters are not leaking or rusted. Also ensure that your gutters are not sagging and are firmly attached to your home. Any obvious damage should be inspected and handled as soon as possible to prevent any further costly repairs.

2. Clean Debris Out Of Gutters

Gutters can get clogged up with debris no matter what season it is. Start by cleaning out your gutters thoroughly or hiring a professional to clean them for you. Sticks, leaves, dirt, animals, and other things can prevent water from flowing through your gutters properly. Ensuring that your gutters are not clogged will help the rain to flow easily through your gutters during summer storms.

3. Check For Standing Water In Gutters

Checking for standing water in gutters is important. Ensuring that water can flow through smoothly is very important when it comes to the harsh summer storms. Use a water test to check your gutters for standing water. Use your hose or a small bucket of water and pour it down your gutters to ensure that there is no debris or problems with the flow of the water. If you find that water is standing or moving slowly you may have a problem with the slope of your downspouts and should call a professional to get that inspected and fixed.

4. Check Downspouts

Downspouts can often get clogged with debris and effect the flow of water in the gutters. Summer is a perfect time to get the hose out and spray the insides of your downspouts. Start by disconnecting the downspouts to any underground pipes. Then begin to hose them out ensuring that the water flows all the way through. This will ensure that there is no debris clogged in there and ensure that your home will be able to withstand summer storms.

5. Inspect Seams, Joints, And Ends

Leaking gutters are not going to be able to withstand all of the water a summer storm brings. Leaking gutters will only get worse as the summer storms hit and will ultimately lead to even more costly repairs. The water that is leaked through the gutters builds up in places around your home such as your driveway, yard, and walk ways. Water around your home can lead to water seeping into your home and causing even more costly damage. Inspect your gutters for holes, gaps, or cracked sealant. If you find any problems or suspect you might have call a professional to come inspect and fix the problem for you ensuring that your yard and home will be safe through summer storms.

Ensuring that your gutters are ready for summer is important. Summer is the time to enjoy the outdoors and go on vacations, not spend money on costly repairs caused by damaged gutters. Don’t let the summer storms get the best of your home or your wallet. Take the steps needed now to ensure your home will be ready for summer and the storms to come. The Gutter Pros can help to ensure that your gutters are in the best shape to protect your home this summer.

Call the Gutter Pros for all your gutter needs today at 443-880-4831.

Replacing Gutters and Fascia

When water lands on your roof, it has to go somewhere, which is why the gutters are so important.  They collect and divert the rain to make sure the water won’t damage your roof or the foundation. When they are functioning correctly, Water that falls on the roof, flows through the gutters off the roof and into the ground. However, debris in gutters can clog that flow and cause gutters to stop working and since the inside of your gutters are not easily seen, those obstructions can often go unnoticed.

At the simplest level, keeping a maintenance calendar for your home will ensure that you take care of low interval care like gutter cleaning and inspection at least once a year. With all of the smartphone apps and utilities available, setting up a calendar is not a huge chore. Regardless of how you remind yourself, you will need to get a ladder out and carefully inspect your gutters and downspouts. First and foremost, be safe! Clean debris and look for signs of leaks. Make sure gutters aren’t sagging and trapping water and tighten any gutter hangers or downspout brackets that are loose. Finally, replace any worn or damaged components.

It is important to keep your gutters clean, but sometimes they need to be replaced.  The same is true for the fascia, the boards that back them and offer protection to the end of your rafters.  Make sure your gutters and fascia are properly taken care of and properly replaced.  Call The Gutter Pros at 443-880-4813.

When Should You Call A Professional

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1. Clogged Gutters

Leaves, twigs and other kinds of debris can clog a gutter and downspout. This could lead to water getting stuck in the gutter without being able to flow out, which leads to an overflow of water. This can lead to water damage and erosion.

2. Sagging Gutters and Gutters Pulling Away

Gutters sag when the hardware that fastens it to the fascia have deteriorated, or they’re spaced out too far apart unable to take the weight of the full gutter. The weight of the debris can cause the gutter to break or pull away from the fascia and eventually damage the foundation. When such a problem occurs, new hangers and fasteners need to be installed.

3. Leaks and Holes

Small and large leaks can be found in the gutter. The small leaks can be repaired with gutter sealant, while the larger ones can be covered with a patch. However, it is wise to seek the help of a professional gutter repair service for fixing leaks and holes.

4. Improperly Pitched Gutters

In order for the water to flow properly, the gutters need to be pitched toward the downspouts. A gutter must have at least a quarter inch of slope for every 10 feet, otherwise, the water will get stuck in the gutter and lead to other problems. The problem can be solved by taking either all or part of the gutter down and then hanging it back to the correct pitch.

5. Downspouts Draining Too Close to the House

The water from the downspout needs to be carried several feet away from the house. If it is too close to the house, the water will seep under the foundation and can damage it