Warning Signs of Failing Gutters
By fiderioandsons Apr 30, 2014
Gutters are essential to protecting your home, though it is easy to overlook their importance. If your gutters have been subject to too much wear and tear, they will not be able to divert rainwater or melting snow from your home. Old inefficient gutters can lead to damage to your house like ice damming, water damage and rotting interior walls. These problems are more expensive to fix than the cost of replacement gutters. The following is a list of signs that your gutters may need to be replaced. Fiderio & Sons builds and installs seamless aluminum and copper gutter systems for Connecticut homes that are designed to handle the heaviest rainfall, safely and efficiently. If you read the following warning signs and are in need of a replacement, we would be pleased to help.
Here are a few warning signs indicating that your gutters may need to be replaced:
Leaves & Debris The gutters have debris such as pine needles, leaves, twigs, grit from shingles, or pine cones in them. Clogged gutters can cause overflow, leaking or sagging, and a few other problems. Many homeowners risk their safety each year trying to clean their gutters.
Visible Cracks This is one of the easiest and most obvious signs that your gutters need replacing. Natural weather conditions can take their toll on weakened spots on your gutter system and soon the cracks will grow larger and eventually start splitting apart. This will cause gaps to form in your gutter, causing spillage of water and fluids to multiple areas of your home. Save yourself the trouble by caring for your gutters and by checking for damage or cracks every few weeks or so. If you find a crack, immediately try to have it repaired or even consider the possibility of replacement.
Peeling Paint If you notice that there are spots where paint is peeling on the outside of your home, your gutters may be the cause. Overflowing or leaking gutters can cause water to drip down the side of your home, and make the paint peel as a result of the prolonged exposure to moisture. Faulty gutters not only can affect the inside of your home, but the exterior as well.
Rust While your gutter system is subjected to a lot of wear and tear throughout the year, the winter months can be especially damaging. The ongoing accumulation of snow, ice, and sleet can put quite a strain on the system. Now that spring has arrived, you may find that one or more sections have sustained a bit of damage. Look for orange and brown specs on the outside and inside of your gutters. Rust causes the material to weaken and holes are likely to appear soon after.
Basement Flooding Gutters are put in place to direct water away from a home’s foundation. If your basement floods during a rainstorm, your gutters may be the reason why. When gutters are not working properly, rain and melting ice can seep into your home’s interior walls and cause rotting and structural damage.
If you decide that it is time for a gutter replacement, the next question is whether to hire a professional or to do it yourself. If only a few sections or a single side of your gutters needs replacing, you may be able to take care of the problem alone; however, if your entire gutter system needs replacing, it is wise to hire a professional.