After cleaning your gutters, it is important to test them to ensure that you have removed all of the clogs. Any blockage in the gutter troughs or downspouts can lead to water damage, so this step is crucial. Fortunately, this part of the gutter cleaning process is actually much easier than it sounds.

Garden Hose: Your Most Important Tool

To test your gutters, all you need is a garden hose and water supply. The best way to make sure that your gutters can manage the flow of water is to put water into the gutter system and see if it runs properly. With a garden hose, this task is extremely simple.

Putting the Garden Hose to Work

Put the nozzle of the hose into the trough at one end of the gutter system. Turn on the water and watch to ensure that it is moving toward the downspout. If pools of water form and no debris is present you may need to check the system’s slope.

Work your way down to the end of the gutter system, ensuring that water is flowing properly. If you run into any clogs, remove them. Make sure to use leather or suede gloves and goggles to protect your hands and eyes.

Once you reach the end of the gutter system, check the downspout. Is water exiting the downspout at the same rate that it is entering it? If not, you may have a clog. If your garden hose has a spray nozzle you can use it to run a higher pressure stream of water through the downspout to dislodge the blockage.

Leaf Slugger Makes It Easy

Knowing that your gutters are clear of debris and working properly is important—which is why testing your gutters is a crucial responsibility for homeowners. But there is an easier way! The Leaf Slugger gutter cleaning prevention system keeps debris from entering your gutters altogether, making gutter cleaning a task that you never have to do again.