It’s summer, and in a hot and dry climate like Utah, you might naturally assume that this makes rain gutters less important during this season. Take it from the rain gutter repair specialists at Double-T, however: That’s not true.
While it’s indeed true that less moisture may directly contact the gutters during the summer, their presence and function are still vital. Without them, excess water could lead to foundational issues, wood rot and interior flooding – issues that can actually be exacerbated in some situations by dry air around them. With that in mind, here’s a quick checklist for ensuring your rain gutters are in proper shape for the summer.
First, start with a basic visual inspection. Check for any excess debris such as leaves, twigs or dirt. While you’re on the ground, look for sagging gutters or gutters that are pulling away from the home. Also check for signs of rust or deterioration on metal gutters.
A simple water test involves using a hose to add a small amount of water to gutters, then seeing what happens. If water is sent out and away from the home, the system is functioning well. If water stays in the system, though, it’s time to investigate further.
If you notice standing or slow-moving water, this could be a sign that the slope of your downspouts is incorrect. Work with spikes and hangers to increase the spout’s elevation until water is able to flow more freely.
In many cases, downspouts getting clogged are the cause of issues with rain gutters. They’re curved and tightly shaped, which makes it easier for clogs. Disconnect downspouts, then spray water through them to loosen any stuck material.
Seams, joints and ends of gutters are some of the most notorious locations for leaks. This will often be due to missing sealant or shifting pieces, and will make water more likely to exit in the wrong places. Look for any gaps in rain gutters, and check for missing or cracked sealant.
Want to learn more about preparing gutters for the summer, or interested in any of our new rain gutters? Speak to the pros at Double-T today.