A rainy day is a great time to see if your gutters are working properly. While we don’t expect all of our clients to be out in their yards with umbrellas inspecting their gutter systems, a quick look out your windows may be all that is required for a quick inspection. The rain is great at exposing leaks, clogs or any number of issues you may be experiencing with your gutters. The most obvious sign of a gutter issue is a leak or overflow. Overflowing is typically due to a clogged downspout or gutter. A gutter that is clogged typically overflows within 5 feet of the downspout. Once the downspout is cleared of debris the gutter should begin to flow freely again. Gutters should be cleaned at least two times per year to prevent clogs and damage to the home.
Many homes still have not upgraded to seamless gutters and have seams every 10 to 20 feet. A broken seam will drip during a rain storm and typically hours after the storm has finished. The only way to get a good seal again on a leaky seam is to take apart the gutter and sand all the existing tar or silicone off, getting the gutter back to bare aluminum. Just re-sealing or re-tarring a leaky gutter is just a band-aid that will fail in the near future.
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