It’s important to inspect and clean out your gutters at least a couple of times a year. Clearing out gutters with a hose will clear material that has become lodged in the eaves troughs and downspouts, some more heavy debris may need to be scrubbed out or removed by hand.
Rain gutters are one of those things you rarely think about until they’re not working correctly. Spring is a great time to check your gutters, since this is when they are about to be used the most.
Occasionally the slope of your home’s gutters may need to be adjusted to keep water moving toward downspouts and away from your home. A good way to check this is to run water through the gutter, and, if they drain slowly, re-position them so that they slope toward the downspouts at a rate of a 1/4 inch for every 10 feet.
While maintaining your gutters, check the downspouts for peeling paint, rust or other debris. Also make sure that the gutters are still affixed tightly against the fascia boards to the house.
Keeping gutters clean of debris keeps them in good, working order. If they are not clear, rainwater can fill the gutters, overflow, and eventually damage the gutters, or possibly your home. Leaving gutters that create pools of water can lead to rotting wood gutters and rusted sheet-metal ones.