Your home should have a fully functional gutter system to avoid flooding and other water-related issues that could impact your roof and home’s foundation. This is why gutters must be properly inspected on a regular basis.
It’s best to leave this job to the experts, but to give you an idea of how a gutter inspection is done by professionals, Custom Installations Inc. shares some basic steps they take to spot gutter problems.
Check the Gutters From the Ground
It’s from this angle that you can get a good look at the slope of the gutters. Experts typically check if there are uneven or misaligned sections. Generally, this kind of issue can be solved by adjusting gutter hangers. However, professionals usually investigate further to determine the root cause that needs to be addressed.
Unclog Gutters and Downspouts
A sturdy ladder and a good pair of gloves are needed to clean the gutters. Experts remove leaves and debris in the gutters using their hands, or they use a water hose to dislodge any objects inside the gutters and downspouts.
Test the Gutters
Once the gutters and downspouts are clean, they should be tested for holes, cracks and clogs. Professionals usually pour water into the gutters to check if water seeps out of certain parts. If so, there could be sections that are not completely sealed or fastened. Pools of stagnant water in your gutters could indicate improper installation or wear and tear.
Inspect the Gutter Aprons
The gutters and the building they are attached to are connected by gutter aprons. To check if there are gaps between the gutters and your home, you can use a water hose and see if the gutter aprons are feeding water directly from the rooftop to the gutters.
At Custom Installations Inc., we have the experience and knowledge to address various issues in your gutter system. Call us at (847) 558-1967 (IL) or (414) 405-1520 (WI). You can also fill out our contact form to schedule a consultation.