Just moved into my house. The downspouts are shot, and need to be
replaced, so I'm trying to figure out if I should get the gutters
replaced at the same time.
Before I get someone in to give me an estimate, what are some good tips
for inspecting my gutters? They're fairly old, half round painted metal
seamless gutters. There don't appear to be any leaks, checking from the
ground during a rain storm, but obviously leaks could be disguised when
The home inspector said the gutters were OK, but old, and I should
expect about 5-10 more years from them.
Should I stop up the downspouts during dry weather and flood the gutters
to see if anything comes out? I'm concerned that the weight of the
water might cause its own problems.
Assuming I do find problems, at what point does it become pointless to
patch the gutters and I should just replace?
Anything I should examine with regard to the fasteners?