Did your gutters get checked while you were doing your spring outdoor maintenance? Doing gutter checks throughout the year is always a good thing, but it's very important after severe weather. However, you should make sure to do it after the winter, especially after a hard one. When Minnesota homes are pounded with all of that snow, ice and sleet, gutters can pull away from the home or get bent out of shape. When you choose to check the gutter system on your house and repair or replace what is not working correctly, you’re able to get much more from it in the end.
You will need to get a ladder to do the inspection. While some parts of the gutters may look fine, you will mostly likely need to clean out any debris and make sure there is none stuck inside the downspouts.Common Gutter Repairs
Some of the common gutter problems that come about after winter include, but are not limited too:
- Blocked water drainage - when water is pooling inside the gutters and going over the sides, whatever is blocking the water flow needs to be removed from the system. Water spilling over the edge of the gutters can cause the foundation of the home to become cracked or ruined.
- Trickling water - any water that is trickling anywhere around the home should be cause for concern. It should all be going out the spout and into the ground. It shouldn't be seeping into the roof or even down the walls of the home. When you hear or see trickling water, this is not a good thing.
- Holes, cracks or sagging - if your gutter has any of these problems then they need to be repaired and replaced. Those gutters are at least going to need a face lift, if not a major repair or replacement. With cracks or holes, gutters can't direct the water where it should be going, and when they are sagging, they are not sending the water down the spout. If the sagging is bad enough, they could actually pull away from the roof and break.
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