Is It Time to Replace Your Gutters?

Is It Time to Replace Your Gutters?

need new guttersGutters need to be cleaned regularly to allow them to protect the roof, siding, and foundation from water damage. Many people put off cleaning gutters, but that can lead to costly problems and may require that they be replaced sooner than would have been necessary if they had been properly maintained.

Clogged gutters hold wet debris against the roof line, which allows moisture to get under the surface of the roofing materials. If gutters become clogged with debris, they can deteriorate, crack, break, or fall down. A clog can cause water to fall off the edges and corners of the roof, which can cause erosion near the foundation and flooding in the basement. Pooled water can also be a breeding ground for mosquitoes. Twigs, acorns, and other debris that collects in gutters can attract insects and rodents, which can get into the house. Clogged gutters can also become filled with ice dams in the winter.

Gutters can fail to work properly for several other reasons. They may have been installed properly, the pitch may be inadequate for proper drainage, the hangers may not be strong enough to support them, or they may have been made of inferior materials.

You should replace your gutters and downspouts if they have deteriorated to the point that repair is not possible. Here are some signs that your gutters need to be replaced:

  • There is standing water in the gutters.
  • Your gutters are sagging, pulling away from the house, hanging down, or leaning toward the front, or your seamed gutters are loose or pulling apart.
  • The gutters are rusted, bent, dented, or have holes or cracks that cannot be repaired.
  • You see gaps between gutter connections or between the gutters and fascia boards.
  • Nails or broken fasteners are falling on the ground.
  • You hear water smacking to the ground when it rains. This means water is pouring over the side of the gutters and could indicate that they are misaligned or blocked.
  • Clogged or leaking gutters allow water to run toward the foundation instead of away from it. This can cause cracks in the foundation.
  • Water is leaking into the basement of your house. Water in the basement can also lead to mold.
  • You see puddles of water or mold around your house after it rains. Water channels are forming in your yard, or your landscaping is washing out or eroding.
  • Peeling paint, corroding wood, and rust stains can result when water backsplashes or overflows and runs down the back of the gutters along the outside of the house. This indicates that the gutters are worn, misaligned, or clogged.

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