During these hot days of August not many people are thinking about the cold seasons coming up. But if you own a home in Connecticut or New York now is the time to check your gutters to ensure the system you have in place is ready for the rain, ice and snow that comes with autumn and winters in the northeast. You need to take advantage of the nice weather since now is the time when you can spend an afternoon on the roof inspecting gutters without having to worry about cold, driving rain or snow impeding your spot check. Checking your gutters now will help you identify any problem areas and get it fixed so you don’t have severe structural damage in the winter.
Pick a nice warm afternoon to get out the ladder and take a trip up to your roof. When doing a spot check of your gutters look for signs that the gutter is weakening such as sagging in certain sections, cracks, warped sides and rust. Whether you have an aluminum, copper, or zinc gutter system time and weather can take a toll on the material and cause decay and even holes. By looking closely at your gutters from the top and the bottom you will be able to see any obvious signs of wear.
Another good tip for inspecting gutters is to take a garden hose and run water down the gutter channel. This action will simulate heavy rainfall and melting snow and ice so you can see if there are any leaks or clogs in your gutter system. Leaks will be easy to spot and will be either a drip or worse a steady stream. Clogs can be detected when water begins to pool by the downspout. Leaves and debris often get stuck in gutters and when it accumulates it will prevent water from draining properly thus causing a backup. When water begins to flow over the top of your gutters it’s a sure sign there’s a clog in the downspout.
If you don’t have the time to do a thorough inspection of your gutters contact the expert team at Connecticut Gutter, LLC. We have years of experience inspecting, replacing and installing all kinds of gutter systems and can also do a complete cleaning of your gutters so your home is well prepared for the trials of fall and winter up north.