Not everyone is a general contractor and can tell what improvements need to be done to a home to make it more safe and secure. However, when it comes to gutters there are a few obvious signs you will be able to spot that will indicate your gutter system is in need or replacing. Holding off on a gutter replacement job is not a good idea since the longer you wait the more damage can occur to the gutter and subsequently your roof. BY performing timely inspections of your gutter you will be able to recognize tell-tale signs that the gutter system you have in place is in need of repairs or outright replacing.
An obvious sign that a gutter system is failing is leaks. When it rains and you see water streaming out of leaks in the gutter walls you can be sure that rot and decay have taken its toll. You will probably notice leaks coming from a number of areas since rust and decay tend to spread over a wide area and most links occur near the drain spout since this is where puddles form when leaves have caused the spout to clog. During a heavy rainfall check the function of your gutters and note if any leaks are springing.
Rain can also let you know if your gutters or drain spout is clogged. During heavy rainfall if you notice water pouring over the top of the gutter this is a good indication that leaves and other debris have clogged the drain spout causing rain water to puddle and spill over the top. When you notice large amounts of water cascading over the gutter top take note to inspect the drain spout when the weather clears. You may only need to do a thorough cleaning of the gutter to remove the leaves that are causing the clog but in many cases the presence of overflowing water also means a system needs to be replaced.
If you find yourself cleaning the gutters of your home a lot more than usual this can also be a sign that a new gutter system is needed. Removing leaves from a gutter should allow for easy water flow but if you find you have to clean the gutters again after the next rainfall and continuously each time it rains or snows then chances are there is a problem with the gutter and it will need replacing.
Rain will let you know that there are leaks but if you are in a dry spell take a trip up to the roof and do an inspection of your gutters. When you get up close you will be able to spot signs of rust, decay, mildew and corrosion that will eventually cause a gutter to split. Look for areas of the gutter that are sagging or appear out of line with the rest of the gutter system. If need be take a hose up to the roof and let the water flow down the drain to see if any leaks occur. Once you have determined that your gutter needs to be repaired or replaced contact Connecticut Gutter, LLC and get started on plans for a new gutter system that will protect your roof and home for years to come.