STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — As the leaves begin to fall, many can become trapped in the rain gutters on your home. The Staten Island Board of Realtors (SIBOR) recommends cleaning your gutters at least twice a year, especially during the fall. A clogged gutter can lead to an array of problems for home owners.
In part 1 of our guide to unclogging a gutter, House Logic blogger, Douglas Trattner, explains how to determine if and where your rain gutter is clogged:
Is my gutter clogged?
When it rains, here are the telltale signs of a clogged gutter:
- Water spills over the edges of a gutter.
- Water sprays like a fountain from gutter seams and elbow joints.
- Water doesn’t flow out the bottom of downspout extensions.
If it’s not raining, look for these telltale signs:
- Eroded earth directly below a gutter.
- Peeling paint on siding and fascia.
- Wet, moist, or dirty siding beneath the gutter.
- Gutters pulling away from the fascia (likely caused by excessive weight).
Where is the gutter clogged?
The downspout cage, a wire strainer designed to trap debris while allowing water to flow through, is located where the downspout intersects the gutter. Often, this item is bent or out of place.
Gutter hangers and spikes often slip free from the fascia, landing in the gutter. These obstructions catch leaves and twigs, causing clogs.
Downspout elbows and seams are likely spots for clogs, too. Working your way down from the gutter, tap the outside of the downspout with a screwdriver and listen for a dull thud (as opposed to hollow ring). This will indicate the location of the clog.
If you still haven’t identified the location of the clog — and you have downspouts that descend below ground level — then the clog likely is in an underground pipe.
About The Staten Island Board of REALTORS® (SIBOR)
The Staten Island Board of REALTORS® (SIBOR) is the largest not-for-profit trade association in Staten Island, N.Y.
SIBOR exists to enhance the ability and opportunity of its members to conduct their business successfully and ethically; and to promote the preservation of the public’s right to own, transfer and use real property.
Comprised of over 1,600 members, SIBOR serves real estate agents, brokers and affiliated professionals throughout the borough and surrounding areas.
SIBOR is the provider of the Staten Island Multiple Listing Service Inc. (SIMLS), which works as a clearinghouse through which more than 250 local real estate firms exchange information on properties they have listed for sale. Together, its members participate in over 3,000 real estate transactions every year.
All SIBOR members belong to the New York State Association of REALTORS® (NYSAR) and the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR).
SIBOR may be reached at 718-979-0007 and viewed online at http://siborrealtors.com. SIBOR may also be visited on Facebook at “Staten Island Board of Realtors,” on Twitter via @SIBOR, and on YouTube at the Staten Island Board of Realtors and RelevantPR channels.
Media Contact: Barton Horowitz