Gutters can never last a lifetime and like many other components on your beautiful home, they will eventually need to be replaced. When it’s time to get new gutters, don’t give it a second thought. Postponing gutter replacement will only lead to costly damage like rotten interior walls. It’s best to replace the old and damaged gutters as soon as possible.
Below are some signs that you might need to invest in new gutters soon.
1.Cracks on the surface
Cracks on the surface of gutters represent some form of damage. If ignored, it can lead to serious water leakage. If the cracks are still small, you should replace the gutters soon because they will grow large rapidly.
If the paint on the surface of the gutters is peeling, they may need to be replaced. Peeling paint is an obvious sign of water leakage. If there is peeling paint near the gutter, it can still be a sign of leakage so don’t take any chances. Get a contractor to perform further investigations.
Clogging in the gutters is a sure sign of damage. Look closely to see if there are leaves and debris caught inside the gutters. Sometimes it can be that the gutters need proper cleaning but this is not always the case. However, it can also be that there is a crack that is collecting all the debris and clogging the gutter. In other cases, clogging can occur because the gutters were not installed correctly in the first place. Whatever the issue is, it has to be resolved immediately.
4.Gutters pulling away from their support
When gutters are clogged or they have water and debris stuck inside, they become heavy and pull away from their structural support. If you notice that the gutters can no longer stick on the edge of the roof, there could be a clogging issue. You may have to consider gutter replacement or proper cleaning of the gutters.
Rust is another indication that your gutters have been exposed to water damage. You may notice rust inside or on the sides of the gutters.
Look out for drainage signs because sometimes they are the most visible. Whenever it rains, listen closely to how the rain flows out of your gutters. Do you hear water smacking the ground? This could be an indication that the gutters are misaligned and this causes water to pour over the sides of the gutter. It could also be a sign that the gutters are blocked. If you notice puddles of water in different areas of your home after the rains then this could be another sign of gutter issues.
7.Mold in the basement
When there is a problem with your gutters, one of the most affected areas is the basement. The nom-performing gutters will enhance the level of moisture in your basement. This is what leads to mold growth. If you do not consider gutter replacement soon enough, you can create an environment that is unhealthy.