When it comes to your home, you probably don't spend a lot of time thinking or worrying about your gutters. However, they are an important aspect of your home that require care and maintenance to be maintained. And eventually, there will come a time when your gutters need to be replaced. Knowing the signs of trouble with your gutters can help to ensure that you get a new gutter installed right away when your gutters are in trouble. That way, you can avoid costly consequences of gutter problems like roof damage or a flooded basement.
Your Gutters Are Rusty
One sign your gutters need to be replaced is rust. If you notice rust on your gutters or just orange spots scattered about, the metal may be compromised. Rust eventually leads to holes, which lead to leaking. And leaky gutters are something that you want to avoid if at all possible.
The Paint on Your Gutters Is Peeling
Another sign that you need new gutters is peeling paint on your gutters. This is a sign of moisture buildup and often means that your gutters are aging and in need of either massive repairs or replacement.
You Keep Getting Water in the Basement
If you keep getting water pooling in the basement every time it rains, you may be in need of new gutters. When gutters leak, they allow water to pool up around the foundation of your house. This leads to water seeping into the home and causing that standing (or flowing) water in the basement.
You Can See Cracks in the Gutters
When you can visibly see cracks in the structure of your gutters, either from the ground or from being on the roof and inspecting them, it is time to get them replaced. Even if the cracks do not go all the way through the metal yet, they will, and this will cause leaking. It is better to replace them at the first sign of cracking to avoid this issue.
Your Gutters Are Bowing Out
If your gutters are bowing out or separating from the structure of the roof, you will absolutely have water pooling up around your foundation and have related issues. You need your gutters to be flush with the roof to avoid leaks and water damage issues.
With these signs that you need new gutters in mind, you can be sure to call a gutter installation professional right away if you start to notice any of these issues with your home.
My name is Sara Jenkins and I am the daughter of a plumber. As a young girl, I was not very impressed by what my father did for a living, but I loved spending time with him so I was thrilled each time he asked me to help with a repair around the house. What I didn't realize at the time was that my father was teaching me skills that would prove incredibly useful in my adult life. Today, thanks to him, I have completed a long list of plumbing jobs in my own home without the need to hire a contractor. This blog is my way of saying thank you to him by sharing all of the things that he has taught me about home repairs and construction.