Many homeowners neglect the importance of rain gutters. They are designed to divert rainwater away from your home, preventing it from collecting in the soil near your home or intruding into your home through the underside of your eaves. This helps to protect your foundation as well as the integrity of your roof. With such an important job, it's a good idea to regularly inspect your rain gutters to ensure that they are working properly. It's a much less expensive proposition to replace your rain gutters than it is to repair your foundation or your roof, so keeping up with this task will both keep your home in good condition and save you money.
Check For Water Intrusion From Leaky Or Misaligned Gutters
When you are cleaning your rain gutters, make sure that you inspect the top of your home's siding and underneath the eave of your roof for signs of water damage. Discoloration and peeling or bubbled paint may be a sign of water damage or rotting wood. This is caused when water does not correctly run off of your roof into the gutter and splashes back onto your home. Over time, and especially when rain gutters are attached to your home with nails rather than screws, your rain gutter will pull away from your roof, leaving a gap between your roof and the gutter. If this happens, you will need to contact a gutter replacement specialist. Allowing rain to collect between your roof and the gutter can lead to severe roof damage, water intrusion inside your home and mold.
Make Sure Your Gutters Are Draining Quickly And Not Collecting Water
After you have finished removing all the debris from your rain gutter, you'll need to run water through the entire gutter system using a garden hose. This provides you with an excellent opportunity to check for leaks in the rain gutter and see how well it drains. Pay special attention to seams in the rain gutter, as these are prime spots where leaks like to form. A professional can help you with this task. Any leaks in the gutter indicate that it is failing and will soon need to be replaced. If your rain gutter is draining slowly even after all debris are moved from the gutter, you may need to increase the slope of your gutter. Slow drainage is capable of doing a lot of damage to rain gutters; they are not designed to hold water in addition to the weight of any debris that may collect in the gutter. Ensuring that your rain gutter is draining rapidly will drastically increase its lifespan.
Cleaning and inspecting your rain gutters regularly is an important task; gutter replacement is an inexpensive project, and they serve a very important function in protecting the foundation of your home. You should clean your rain gutters and inspect them for any defects at least twice a year, and inspect them more often if you have been receiving unusually heavy rains or if they have been collecting heavy debris.