Either because you haven’t gotten them checked out in a while, or because you know they’re just too old, inspecting and replacing the gutters can be a huge step to improve your home. Here are five warning signs to pay attention when it comes to gutters.
“The difference between something good and something great is attention to detail.” - Charles R. Swindoll
Cracks and/or Splits
Even the smallest of cracks can end up causing you a lot of headaches. That’s because they will not only get bigger and bigger and end up damaging all the gutters, but also the shingles and house foundation around it.
Cracks can also lead to another problem: leaking! Sometimes a single leaking issue can be fixed with sealant, however, when the fix requires more than a simple sealant, then it’s definitely worth replacing the whole thing. The last thing you want is having to seal cracks every time a storm hits.
Pools of Water and/or Mildew
Gutters are supposed to keep water away from your home, so if you walk around a couple of times to find pools of water near the foundation, that’s a sign there’s something wrong.
More than that,
If you notice mildew in your basement, that’s also a sign that your gutters aren’t working properly. Not only can these unrepaired gutters damage your basement and foundation, but it can also be a problem for your family’s health.
Peeling and Rotting
There are two things you should pay attention to here:
- Peeling paint
- Orange specks
Both of these signs indicate that water is constantly present, which can mean there’s something getting in the way of your gutters working properly. Whatever the reason may be, you need to get those gutters repaired or replaced as soon as possible.
Whether they’re sagging or pulling away from the edge of the roof, when you look at them, they’ll show uneven lines. To give a more thorough inspection, you can climb a ladder yourself and check if there are damages indeed. Still, even the slightest sign the system is uneven, you’ll need repairs.
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