When your gutters are in good functioning order, they direct rainwater or melted snow away from your house, preventing mildew, corrosion, damage, and other problems. If your gutters are damaged, they will have to be fixed or replaced in order to operate properly. The roof is the main defense system of your house and the guttering system plays a significant part in completing the protection system. If the gutter system is intact and maintained on a regular basis by hiring cleaning and maintenance services from a gutter company then there is nothing to worry about.
If you detect any of the following signs, you should arrange a gutter contractor as soon as possible to avoid further damage to your house. And, if the problem reoccurs, it might be time for gutter replacement.
1. Sagging gutters
If sagging gutters aren’t fixed, the entire gutter system can be damaged and need to be replaced. Remember that no matter how minor or inconsequential the harm appears to be, if you ignore it for too long, it will only worsen.
2. Gaps, cracks, or fractured gutters
If your gutters have visible gaps or cracks, water will leak on the sides of the house or roof. Furthermore, little cracks will grow into big fractures in the future, causing even more complications for your drainage system.
3. Standing water
If you see a pool of water in and around your roof then it may be a sign of obstruction or dirt in the gutter. You will need to replace your gutter if you cannot detect any clogging in any of the fixtures.
4. Mildew or mold
Mildew and molds are health risks, and dripping moisture from faulty gutters can act as a ground for bacterial growth. You may need to arrange a gutter service company if you find mold anywhere near your roof, or basement.
5. Peeling paint
Constant dampness is a common cause of peeling paint. Most of the paints used these days can tolerate severe weather damage, if your paint starts to peel, check your gutters to see if they’re the source of the problem.
6. Orange discoloration or rusting
Gutters, particularly those that are old, are often rusted. Rust can seriously weaken gutters; they may function for a while, but it’s preferable to replace them before the rusty metal crumbles and fractures.
7. Damp foundation
Moisture leaking into the soil beneath the home is a common cause of shifted or cracked foundations. If you’re experiencing foundation problems, it’s possible that damaged gutters are the cause.
8. Soil erosion
Soil erosion can occur when excessive moisture reaches the soil as a result of leaking gutters. Bad gutters allow water to flow freely into your yard, bringing dirt with it and damaging your yard.
9. Overflowing water
If your gutter remains overflown despite your downspouts spitting water, you may need to replace them. Overflowing gutters can be caused by incorrectly built, sloping, or constructed gutters.
10. Waterlogged basement
During heavy rainstorms, if you notice water seeping into your basement, it’s best to have your gutters replaced as soon as possible to prevent further flooding.
If you detect any of these gutter problems, give us a call or set up an appointment for gutter replacement immediately. To ensure that your gutters can do their job again, we provide planning and implementing, excellent customer service, and trained professional gutter installation. Call right now to speak with a member of our staff about what Valor Home can do for your gutter system.