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5 Signs You Need New Gutters

5 Signs You Need New Gutters

Your gutter system is just as important as your roof system. If you have a well functioning roof, water run off will be directed off of your roof. Your gutter system ensures that the rain water the roof deflects from your structure, is transported away from your home.  This is a very important job.  As we all know water is one thing we need to keep out of our homes.  

This spring make sure to take inventory on your roof and the exterior of your home. While going through your maintenance check list make sure you take a close look at your gutters!

Below are 5 signs that you need new gutters to help you correctly diagnose the state of your gutter system.

1. Sagging/ gutters away from the roof-

 If your gutters are sagging or have fallen away from your roof, it is definitely time for new gutters. 

The purpose of gutters is to catch the water runoff. 

When the gutters are disconnected, they cannot redirect the runoff away from your home.  This can lead to all sorts of damage to your home that is expensive and a pain to deal with. 

If there are large areas where your gutters are sagging or disconnected from your roof, get a new system-  NOW!

2. Water Getting into Your Basement-

If you have water that is getting into your basement, your gutters could be the cause.  If water from your roof is not directed away from your home, runs along your foundation or oftentimes into your basement. 

Now, obviously there are other issues that could cause water to get into your basement. 

However, your gutter system should be one of the first places to look to troubleshoot the issue. 

Clogged, damaged, and improperly installed gutters can cause all sorts of problems for your basement.  

3. Water Damage On Exterior of Your Home 

Whether it is on your fascia, or mildew and mold on your siding and foundation, your gutter system may be to blame. 

Failing gutters can cause water to sit and drip from fascia or the eaves of your roof.  Stagnant water along these surfaces oftentimes causes rotting. 

Water that runs down your siding to the ground can cause a mold and mildew issue with your foundation.  Not to mention, that runoff can rot your siding!  

4. Split/ Cracks In The Gutters-

If your gutters are split or cracked you can be sure that they are in fact NOT doing their job. 

You may think that a small split or crack isn’t a big problem.  However, rest assured that those distances will grow over time.  Water will get through the cracks/splits and not be directed away from your house properly. 

Nowadays there are seamless gutters to decrease the splits that happen between pieces. 

If you are needing to replace your gutters you may want to look into seamless ones.  This way you will reduce the likelihood of having the same issue in the future. 

5. Peeling Paint- 

Peeling paint is a sure sign of excess moisture.  Where the excess moisture is coming from is another question in and of itself. 

However, as you can see from the previous examples, there is a possibility that your gutters could be to blame. 

As mentioned earlier, check your gutters to figure out if they are causing the peeling paint on your home. 

 

Check  Your Gutters

Do yourself a favor and make sure your gutters are working properly this summer.  Even though we aren’t quite out of the nasty spring weather, it is important to be proactive about home maintenance.  It can save you a lot of trouble in the long run.  If you have a good roof and gutter system you should be protected from the elements this coming winter.

5 thoughts on “5 Signs You Need New Gutters

Millie Hue July 9, 2018 at 5:33 pm

Thanks for pointing out that peeling paint is a sign that the gutters need to be replaced. Like you said, it might be due to the gutters since a broken gutter can create excess moisture due to the leaks which cause the paint to peel. I guess we need to replace the gutters by hiring experts since my husband noticed that the exterior of our house looks filthy already due to peeling paint. He first noticed it when he tried to take a photo of his car.

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Amanda Drew July 18, 2018 at 4:03 pm

I’ve been noticing that at least one section of my gutters is spilling water out where it’s not supposed to. Thanks for pointing out that any crack or split is a problem because it will grow over time. That’s probably what happened to me, so I’ll need to find someone who could look over and fix or replace my gutter system.

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Dino Violante July 20, 2018 at 6:30 pm

It was really helpful when you said that if the gutter is not directing the water away from the house properly, then there is a possibility for it to head down and into the basement. No wonder the basement was converted into a swimming pool during the last storm. It might be best if I get a professional to give the gutters a check, then probably get it replaced if it with a new one in case it is broken. Thank you.

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Arya Smith July 23, 2018 at 6:19 pm

Thanks for pointing out disconnected gutters should already be replaced because it can give you more problems due to the damage that it can create. With that in mind, I will be hiring contractors first thing tomorrow to fix our gutters which were broken due to the heavy rain and strong winds last weekend. We were not that bothered about the damage in our property because we thought that it won’t affect us that much since they are just gutters. But, with what you said, I have been convinced about getting it fixed.

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Gerty Gift July 30, 2018 at 12:47 pm

I appreciate that you mentioned noticing any water damage on the exterior of your home. I have been noticing some weird signs that something isn’t quite right with the exterior, but I never thought it might be this. I’ll have to take a look and make sure that that is what’s wrong. Thank you for the suggestion.

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