When it’s not raining, your gutters look fine. However, when it’s raining, you are inside the house. Either way, you don’t know how your gutters are performing. From the dusting of leaves to a summer’s evening storm, rain and all sorts of debris can cascade into your gutters. This is the point where problems become exponentially larger.
Though, evaluating your gutters can be a tiring and time-consuming process, the time it takes to examine your gutter system can protect your home investment. Gutters protect your house from water damage, but when they don’t work, they can cause havoc on your home’s structure. Therefore, you should take a minute to evaluate your gutters with the steps below.
Gaps, Breaks, and Detachment
The first sign that your gutter system needs to be replaced is when you find cracks and breaks in the gutter system itself. If your gutter system is breaking apart, water will be leaking out of the system where it is damaged. If it is broken, you will need to replace it as soon as possible.
Moreover, gutter detachment happens when one or more of the following happens:
- The gutter wasn’t installed correctly.
- The gutters and downspouts have been clogged because of debris, and the weight of the debris is causing the gutters to pull away from the house.
Rust or Mold
Another sign that your gutters need to be replaced is the system starting to rust and getting covered in mold. A rusty gutter system will quickly deteriorate and lead to moisture issues in your roof, siding, or foundation. Moreover, moldy gutters can pose health risks for you and your family.
Gutters or downspouts overflow when they are clogged with debris, such as leaves, or during hard rain when rainwater runs over the side. Such gutters need to be cleared out instead of being repaired.
Even though a clogged gutter or downspout is often easy to fix, if a lot of time has passed and more snow and water has pushed the debris down into the downspout, the downspout might also need to be cleared.
You should also replace your gutter if it is sagging under the debris and water weight. If your gutters aren’t attached to your home properly, they won’t be able to withstand the weight of the water they need to redirect, which means they will sag and begin to leak. Several factors can cause sagging gutters:
- A gutter that’s full of debris, such as dirt, leaves, and granules
- A tree branch hitting a gutter can cause it to droop or sag.
- Vinyl gutters sag more often than aluminum or steel because vinyl isn’t as strong as steel or aluminum.
- A gutter that wasn’t installed correctly can sag.
- If a gutter is sagging, it might simply be old and time to be replaced.
Why Choose Blue Star Construction?
Blue Star Construction offers quality home improvement and construction services. Using high-quality materials, their skilled and experienced team provides up-to-the-mark gutter protection services. If you see the above warning signs when you inspect your gutters, contact us immediately and enjoy the rainy season like never before!