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5 Signs You Need New Gutters

April 11, 2018 Blog 11

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.

 

11 Responses

  1. Millie Hue says:

    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.

  2. Amanda Drew says:

    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.

  3. 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.

  4. Arya Smith says:

    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.

  5. Gerty Gift says:

    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.

  6. I have a few small cracks in my gutter. Thank you for letting me know that these cracks will get bigger and cause problems. I’ll have to look into seamless gutters like you suggested. I’ll also need to find some service to install these types of gutters for me. I don’t want to have problems with mold because I don’t take care of things properly.

  7. Hazel Owens says:

    That’s good to know that if you find any mildew or mold on the side of your home or one the fascia then you probably need a new gutter since this could rot your siding. My husband found on the side of our house along blackish mark running down the wall so I wanted to see what it could be. I’ll have to find a company that can help us replace our gutters since that is probably what the line formed on the wall and that way we can get it fixed before any major problems arise.

  8. Emma Hartson says:

    Thank you for pointing out the importance of replacing the gutters if they are no longer doing their part in directing water away from the property because it can cause structural damages. Considering the slightly unbalanced look of the house, I guess I can agree with the idea. Part of the soil eroded due to constant water exposure caused by the gutters. I will ask my parents to address this before the problem gets worse.

  9. We definitely need new gutters. I’ve noticed some water stains on the stucco on our home. We’ll have to look into getting new gutters to stop those from spreading.

  10. It caught my attention when you said that the gutters will only get worse as time passes, so it is best to have them replaced when the person realizes that they have cracked. I will call a roofer to replace it as soon as possible then. Of course, the gutters are still working, but I can’t help but feel that they cause leaks in the house. I can’t tolerate that.

  11. Kit Hannigan says:

    Thanks for mentioning how small cracks in my gutter will grow over time. A storm just passed our area and it left everyone in low spirits. There are cracked windows in the neighborhood everywhere, and I can’t wait to check on my roofing. Should I find any worrying cracks, I’ll be sure to reach out to professional gutter installation services that can help me out.

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