The age-old adage states, “April showers bring May flowers,” and now that it’s officially spring, functioning rain gutters are more important than ever. After a long winter, it’s essential to show your rain gutters a little love.

Keep scrolling to learn how to get your rain gutter April showers ready.

Clear Out Gutters

The winter months typically come with many storms. You will probably find plenty of gunk in your gutters that need to be removed so your gutters can function well. In addition to your gutters, you’ll want to make sure your downspout is clear of any debris so the water captured in your gutter system can properly drain away from your home.

Before you begin cleaning your rain gutters, check your downspout for any clogs. If your downspout is clogged, your gutters will not drain effectively. After you’ve removed all the debris, wipe away any mold and residue to ensure a fast and easy flow. Learn more about cleaning your gutters and how to clear out a clog.

PRO TIP: If you have an especially tricky clog in your downspout, try using a drain snake to help loosen the blockage.

Scan for Damage

After a long winter, you may find that your gutters have become damaged because of heavy wind or snowfall. Once your gutter system is cleaned out entirely, safely, and carefully use a ladder or get on your roof to inspect it thoroughly. You’ll want to look for small cracks, sagging, corrosion, and holes. While you’re up there, make sure each fastener is undamaged and attached tightly.

Fixing a sagging gutter is typically quick and easy. Usually, it’s a matter of replacing a missing or broken fastener or tightening any that are loose. Fasteners are inexpensive and can be found at your local hardware store.

PRO TIP: Easily check your gutters for any unseen damage by running a hose through your gutter system or wait until the next time it storms. If there’s a crack or hole in your gutters, you’ll quickly see right where the water is leaking.

Regular Maintenance and Repair

Rain gutters need regular maintenance. Even a week post-cleaning, your gutters could be full of leaves and other debris. Regular maintenance will help lengthen the life of your gutters and keep them looking and working well.

It is wise to repair your gutters as soon as you notice there’s a problem. A broken gutter system can lead to damaged fascia boards and can harm the foundation of your home. Smaller repairs can likely be a DIY weekend project. However, you may want to leave larger fixes to the pros.