April Home Maintenance To-Do List
By: Danny Lipford
To-Do #2: Clean and Repair Gutters and Downspouts
It’s important to clean gutters and downspouts regularly to prevent water damage to your home.
To clean and repair gutters:
- Remove Gutter Debris: Use a garden trowel or your hands to remove leaves and other debris from gutters. You can also use a utility knife to cut the right size plastic container into a scoop for easy debris removal. Once all the debris has been removed, use a garden hose to blast the last of the gunk away.
- Check Downspouts: Insert the garden hose in each downspout, and make sure water is flowing freely out the bottom. If it’s not, you can use a standard plumber’s drain snake to remove the clog. See our video on Unclogging Downspouts to find out how.
- Repair Sagging Gutters: To drain properly gutters need to slope slightly downhill toward each downspout and be firmly attached to the eaves on your house. When cleaning your gutters, mark any low areas where water sits in the gutters. Remove the gutter hangers or spikes around the low area, and raise the gutters until the proper slope is achieved (1/4″ drop for 10′ of gutter). Watch our video on Fixing Sagging Gutters to find out more.
- Fix Gutter Leaks: Mark any leaks in the gutters joints and seams you find. After the gutters are dry, apply gutter sealant or quality exterior caulk to the inside of the gutter seams to seal the leaks. Read our article on Gutter Cleaning and Repair to find out more.