How Storms Affect Gutters
Depending on the type of storm, your gutters could have been affected in a few ways. Heavy downpours of rain may have overwhelmed the gutters, especially if there are any clogs. Water that pools up in different areas of the gutter can sit for a long time if it’s blocked, and this needs to be dealt with as soon as possible.
Windy storms can either glow the gutters from their place, if they were too loose, or they can blow too much debris around the gutters. Larger debris may smash into gutters and break them, or smaller debris can get stuck and create clogs. If debris has landed on the roof, it might drift down to the gutters before too long.
Snow also is a big threat to gutters and often makes repairs necessary. If snow gets caught on the gutters, it can build up and create a very heavy weight in a few concentrated areas. Even if the snow hasn’t built up and rested on the gutters much yet, if there is much snow on the roof it may start to slip and slide into your gutters once it begins to melt. This can cause broken and crashed gutters.
Is Gutter Cleaning and Repair Necessary?
The best way to know if you need to do anything for your gutters after a storm is to take a good look at them. If you can’t see any visible damage from the ground, you may need to climb up and take a closer look. It’s a good sign if there is nothing wrong from the ground, as that means there is probably nothing serious that needs to be fixed.
Climb up on your ladder and see what things look like from the same level. You might notice a lot of clogs, dirt, and excess debris brought in from the storm. If this is the case, it’s time to do some basic gutter cleaning and repair to make sure you’re ready for the next storm. Just do a quick sweep and wash of your gutters. While you’re at it, check for leaks, loose gutters, or anything else that could be wrong.
Repairs can mostly be done by you, even if you don’t have a lot of DIY knowledge. However, if the gutters are broken, bent, sagging, or misshapen, you may want to bring in a professional to fix it up instead.