What to Do if Your Gutters & Downspouts are Damaged

close up of gutter and downspout on house
What to Do if Your Gutters & Downspouts are Damaged

With the increased number of summer storms in the past few months, and the trees changing as fall approaches, you might want to take a closer look at your gutters and downspouts. Your home’s gutter system is crucial to protect your home’s roof, walls, and foundation from rainwater damage. 

After severe weather, it’s important to inspect your property and systems like your gutters. If your home is damaged, gutters or downspouts broken or torn off, contact Staples & Associates to make sure you’re getting the best homeowner’s insurance rates to take care of the damage!

Gutter & Downspout Maintenance

Let’s back up a bit and go over ways to decrease the chance of gutters and downspouts being damaged. Regular wear or tear can weigh on the structures with the build-up of debris and clogs. 

Use these tips to keep your gutters and downspouts clear and free to do their job protecting your home!

  • Assess the Damage

Before you start cleaning, grab a safe ladder and someone to spot you as you check out the debris. Other tools for cleaning can include gloves, a scoop for the gutter, a hose, and a bucket. 

  • Clear the Debris

Start by the downspout and clear the built-up material like leaves and sticks. Work slowly towards the other end of the gutter. This can be done by hand or with the gutter scoop for any stubborn debris. 

  • Check for Leaks & Clogs

Once the gutters are clean, use the hose to test the downspout. If all the water isn’t coming out the other end, remove the end of the downspout, turn the hose on full pressure and attempt to push the clogged material out. Once that’s done, check for cracks in the gutters that could be causing leaks. If you see some, no need to worry! These can be easily repaired with materials from your local hardware store. 

Remember to keep your home insurance policy up to date and reach out to a Staples & Associates agent if severe weather damages your property!

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