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How to Check the Condition of Your Gutters

A gutter is the part of the roofing of a home used to catch rainwater and other precipitation that falls on it. There are different kinds of guttering available on the market and you can choose the one according to your requirements. If you have an aluminum or galvanized gutter, then it is always advisable to repair them rather than replace them because they are quite expensive.

man on ladder cleaning gutters

You can check the gutter by using a ladder. When you go up the ladder to the gutter, it should be well open. If you cannot see any water at all, then there is nothing to worry about. However, if there is a lot of water inside the gutter and quite difficult to clean, then the gutter is likely clogged. However, you should not panic because you should be able to easily fix it yourself.

Why Gutters Matter

Most of us never think about how to check the condition of our gutters as they are so often considered to be a very complex, and potentially very expensive, problem. However, a simple examination of your gutters is often sufficient to reveal any problems that you may have with them, allowing you to quickly rectify the issue before it causes serious damage. If your gutters look good, then that's probably going to be enough for most people to ensure that there are no structural problems.

Gutters are important because they collect rainwater that otherwise would run off into other areas. For example, if you live in an area that gets heavy rainfall all the time and the water is allowed to run off any part of the roof, it could cause damage to your property. This is particularly dangerous as the water that is collected in the guttering could be used to flood surrounding properties, and there is a real danger that the property will be damaged beyond repair.

Physical Inspection

Regardless of whether you are using a ladder or walking along your roof, you will want to make sure you inspect every inch of your gutter to ensure nothing is overlooked. If you find that your gutter is clogged, then it would be advisable to take out whatever is clogging it as this debris could be covering up damage and you wouldn’t know about it otherwise. Cleaning your gutter might not prevent all damage that could happen, but it will aid with preventing some of the damage that could occur.

So, climbing onto your roof, for example, and walking the span of your roof will give you an idea of what condition your gutters are in. You will want to inspect the spouts that run down the walls of your home, as these could get damaged just like the gutters.

Removing Debris and Rust

Removing debris will not only aid in retaining the condition of your gutters, but it will also prevent water damage around your home from the gutters flooding and the water running anywhere possible during and after a storm. Plus, general maintenance of your gutters will ensure they last longer and that you will not have to replace them as often.

Removing rust from your gutters will ensure the damage to a specific area is cut short. If the rust is left, the metal will continue to weaken and will eventually cause a leak in your gutter system, which could potentially cause water damage in that area.

gutter full of leaves

Sagging Gutters

Your gutters should have a natural slope to ensure the water gathers around the spout and is transported correctly away from the house and prevents any damage. If your gutter starts to sag or bend in specific areas, the weight of the debris or water will only cause this to get worse and could inevitably cause more damage in the long run. If you find that your gutters are sagging, then you will need to ensure the brackets are still intact, or contact a professional to have them come out and conduct an inspection to see if a replacement is the best course of action.


Whether you have to repair a leaky gutter, or you are conducting regular maintenance to ensure the overall quality of your gutters is maintained, the forefront of this is conducting a proper inspection to check on the condition of your gutters. Without a proper inspection you are less likely to know if there are any problems before it is too late, and that damage inevitably costing you more money in the long run.