Putting off repairs can lead to costly damage to your home, including damage to your foundation that can cost thousands to fix.
So how do you know if it’s time to replace your gutters?
Cracks and Splits
Small cracks and splits in your gutter may not seem like a big deal, especially if they’re not leaking. But beware. Every large leak starts as a small crack.
Waiting for the crack to become a leak can mean the difference between gutter repair and gutter replacement. If you don’t get on top of cracks as soon as you notice them, you are opening yourself up to further damage to your gutters and your home.
Water can leak where you don’t see it, damaging the siding or boards behind your gutters as well as the shingles above them.
The paint on your is not just ornamental. It helps protect your gutters. If you see paint peeling, it means that your gutters are not doing their job. Water is pooling in the gutters, causing the paint to separate from them.
You may also notice small orange flecks. This is the first sign of rust and means your gutters are on their way to total failure. Dealing with rust right away is the only way to save your gutters.
Water or Mold at the Base of Your Home
When your gutters are working, they are directing water away from your home where it can safely disperse or flow into a gutter or storm drain.
If you notice small pools of water, or the telltale signs of standing water (like mold, mildew, or water staining), your gutters are not working properly. The problem may be as simple as a clog or as fundamental as poor gutter design.
Eagle Watch Roofing can help determine the cause of standing water and plan a proper solution. Don’t wait to deal with signs of standing water. If you do, you run the risk of serious damage to your foundation, which requires a much more expensive fix that just fixing or even replacing your gutters.
Water Marks in the Area Immediately Beneath the Gutters
Like peeling paint or flecks of rust, water damage immediately beneath your gutters means your gutters are not doing their job. This is an indication that water is standing in the gutters instead of lowering to the drain pipes and away from your home.
Check the area on a dry, sunny day. If you see signs of water damage, your gutters are leaking standing water. Your soffit and fascia board are at risk of major damage if you ignore this sign.
Sagging or Separating Gutters
If your gutters are beginning to sag or separate from your house, you may need to completely replace them. Gutters should always be attached directly to your home.
If they are not, this is a sign that they are being pulled by weight of standing water. Your drains or gutters could be clogged, or the whole gutter system may be inadequate for your home.
In any case, sagging and separating gutters are a major warning sign that you cannot afford to ignore. The next heavy rain could cause catastrophic damage to your gutter system, causing the entire system to fail and leaving your home completely unprotected from the elements.
Whether you need your gutters repaired or replaced, Eagle Watch Roofing is there for you. Experience their no cost, no obligation written quote. But don’t take our word for it, ask your neighbors. We are also TrustDALE.com certified. To learn more, check out our ‘About Us’ page.