When they work properly, gutters direct water away from your house, protecting your foundation and siding from damage. When they do not work right, water can cause significant and costly problems. It is important to check your gutters twice a year and be sure that they are working properly.
Many gutter problems are relatively minor and can easily be repaired by a qualified gutter contractor. However, in some cases it may be necessary to replace your gutters. Here are some signs that it is time to invest in new gutters.
• It is time to replace your gutters if they are sagging, pulling away from the house, hanging down, or leaning more toward the front.
• If you have seamed gutters that are loose or pulling apart at the seams or too worn to be reattached, they need to be replaced. You should also replace your seamed gutters if they are bent, dented, or have holes or cracks that cannot be repaired.
• Rust on your gutters is a sign that they should be replaced.
• You should have your gutters replaced if you see gaps between gutter connections or between the gutters and fascia boards.
• If you see nails or broken fasteners that have fallen on the ground, your gutters should be replaced.
• Standing water in your gutters is a clear sign that they are not draining properly.
• You can tell that your gutters are not draining correctly if you hear water smacking to the ground when it rains, if there are puddles around your house after it rains, or if you see mold growing on your house’s foundation or façade.
• If your gutters are not working right, water channels can form in your landscaping, or your landscaping can be washed out or eroded.
• Cracks in your house’s foundation are a sign that your gutters are clogged or leaking.
• If water is leaking into your basement, this is a sign that your gutters are clogged, damaged, or worn.
• If you find mold growing in your basement, this means that your gutters are allowing moisture into your house.
• If your gutters are worn, misaligned, or clogged, they can cause backsplashing or overflowing. Water can run down the back of the gutters along your house’s exterior, which can cause paint to peel, wood behind the gutters to corrode, or rust stains to form.
If you notice any of these problems, you most likely need to have your gutters replaced. It is best to hire an experienced contractor who can help you choose the best gutters for your home and provide professional installation.