You should check your gutters at least twice a year to make sure they are free of debris and draining water efficiently. Patriot Roofing LLC offers some tips on how you can perform a basic gutter inspection like a professional.
Prepare the Tools
Before starting your gutter inspection, prepare the necessary tools. Make sure to wear gloves and use a ladder and a bucket to carry your tools. Ladders can be dangerous if not used properly, so check the ladder for any instructions that may be printed on its side.
Start From the Ground
Perform a visual inspection while you’re on the ground. Look out for uneven sloping and sagging. Take note of any sections that seem out of place.
Remove Dirt and Debris
Clean your gutters to prevent debris and dirt buildup from causing problems. However, because you can only clear an arm’s length of gutter on each side of you, picking up leaves and pine needles by hand can take a long time. You can push dirt and debris into mounds and collect them later with a long instrument to make the process easier. Using gloves or a trowel, remove the unwanted material from your gutters. Be careful of sharp edges so you don’t get injured.
Hose Down Your Gutter
You should also clear your downspout of any debris that could prevent water from flowing freely. This can be done by hosing water into your downspouts.
Check for Holes and Cracks in the Gutters
After removing dirt and debris in your gutters and downspouts, you can test the entire system by pouring water into the highest points and checking the gutters for holes, cracks and water accumulation. If water leaks from certain sections, these parts may not be properly sealed. Depending on the specific cause, you can fix your gutter or replace it completely.
For a more thorough inspection and proper evaluation of your gutter system, it’s still best to hire a professional. Patriot Roofing LLC ensures quality services for all your needs. Call us at (405) 217-0473 or fill out our contact form to schedule an appointment.