Ideally, gutters and downpipes should be inspected twice a year, once in spring before the season “officially” begins, and once in fall, after the leaves have fallen. You can time the inspections with the task of cleaning the gutters. It’s not just that they need to be cleaned: a careful and detailed examination your gutter system will alert you to other problem areas needing immediate attention.
Taking the time to maintain your gutters and downpipes can significantly extend the life of your gutters. It can also save you a lot of time and money in repair costs – when rain gutters overflow, other things can get broken.
Debris build-up can act like a miniature dam in a gutter system, preventing the water entirely exiting the gutter channel like it’s supposed to.
Water and gunk inside the channel weigh down the gutters, putting undue pressure and strain on the fascia and eaves (the roof edge). Damaged eaves compromise the roof’s effectiveness in protecting your home.
4. Shortened Life Span
Water that doesn’t drain properly from the gutter system can lead to rapid corrosion if the gutters are made of metal. Debris build-up and pooling water also shorten the life span of vinyl or PVC gutters.
Gutters filled with bits of leaves, twigs and needles can look very inviting to wild life like wasps, bees, birds and squirrels, especially at the corners of the roof. Once the nest builders moves in, they can find ways to burrow into the walls, damaging heating, plumbing or electrical systems.