Spring rains are here! An unpleasant, but necessary spring task is cleaning out your gutters and downspouts. Over time, the gutters on your home will collect leaves, dirt, roofing material and a lot more. It is also important to ensure that all downspouts are pushing water away from the home.
If your gutters look like what you wish your garden looked like, it’s time to break out the ladder and clean your gutters.
When you clean your gutters, you will probably be using a lot of water to flush them out. Take a minute to walk around the house and make sure your downspout extensions at effectively moving that water away from the foundation wall. The lack of properly working gutters and downspouts can be the source of significant damage to the siding and to the home. It can also lead to foundation problems and settlement issues, due to the clay soils we have in Colorado.
This downspout needs an extension to push water away from the house.
While you are up there, it is also important to check your gutters for rust holes or cracks. These should be sealed to prevent water run off. You can also buy a product such as gutter guards to prevent future debris from ruining all your hard work.
Spring has sprung! The gutters are filling up. It is time to clean your gutters to prevent further moisture damage to your home! Check out more articles like this one on our Ask Your Inspector page. We have tons of information about how you can maintain a safe, healthy and comfortable home.
Chris Scott is an ASHI certified home inspector with multiple years of experience in home inspections, blower door testing, duct leakage testing, and Boulder Rental License Inspections. Chris is also the Website Coordinator for Scott Home Inspection.
Corinna Bolton Fieger is a real estate agent based in the Denver area. She combines her years of experience in the housing industry with her extensive background as an educator to provide a top notch buying or selling experience to all of her clients.