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  • Writer's pictureKristina Carroll

Clear and Sound: The Ultimate Guide to Gutter Inspection for a Well-Maintained Home

Gutter inspection is an essential maintenance task to ensure that your gutters are in good condition and functioning properly. Here's some information on conducting a gutter inspection:

Start with safety

Before beginning the inspection, make sure you have a sturdy ladder and take proper safety precautions. It's a good idea to have someone else present to hold the ladder or assist you.

Clear debris

Begin by removing any debris such as leaves, twigs, or dirt from the gutters. Use a scoop, gloved hands, or a small garden trowel to clear out the accumulated debris.

Check for damage

Inspect the gutters for any signs of damage. Look for cracks, holes, rust, or sagging sections. Pay attention to the joints, corners, and downspouts as these areas are more prone to problems.

Assess the fasteners

Check the hangers, brackets, or fasteners that hold the gutters in place. Ensure they are secure and not loose or damaged. Tighten any loose screws or replace damaged fasteners as needed.

Test water flow

Use a garden hose or pour water into the gutters to check the water flow. Observe if there are any leaks, overflows, or blockages. Ensure that water is properly directed towards the downspouts and away from the foundation of your home.

Inspect downspouts

Examine the downspouts for any clogs or obstructions. Clear out any debris using a plumber's snake or flush water through them to ensure they are functioning properly.

Look for signs of water damage

Check the areas around your gutters for signs of water damage. Look for water stains, mold, or rot on the fascia board, soffits, siding, or the ground below the gutters. These can indicate improper water flow or gutter issues.

Regular gutter inspections, ideally performed at least twice a year, can help identify problems early on and prevent more significant issues down the line. If you notice extensive damage or are unsure about any repairs, it's best to consult a professional for a thorough assessment and appropriate action.

At Mountain Drainage Solutions we consider ourselves experts in water management. We have spent a decade developing the skills necessary to improve your homes water issues by providing excellent service and knowledge to help you make informed decisions.

We believe the first step to a happy and healthy home is maintaining its foundation and structure. Most problems related to water stem from ongoing issues with the gutter system. When you clean and repair a failing gutter system you can stop problems from snowballing out of control.

During each gutter cleaning we perform a full roof and gutter inspection, this prevents you from being blindsided with issues or possibly rainwater damage down the road.

Contact us today for a free estimate!



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