Your gutters are doing more than just collecting water and directing it away from your home, they are also protecting your home and property from water damage. While your gutters might not look like much, they bring water from the roof of your home and guide it along so that it doesn’t damage your roof, basement or landscaping. There are a number of signs that indicate your gutters aren’t working properly. From damage to your gutters that is visible, to water pooling in your basement, poorly working gutters will cause a number of problems. Learn more about common problems seen when your gutter system is not working as it should to protect your property.
Visible Signs of Damage
Your gutters need professional help when you can visibly see signs of damage. Holes in your gutters, or gutters that are pulling away from your home are not going to work correctly. You may notice that your gutters are sagging or cracked when they need to be repaired. There may be gaps in between the gutter connections that need to be replaced. Any time you see gutters that are pulling apart or that drip at the connection points, they need to be assessed. If you find screws or small pieces of your gutter system on the ground, it is clear that it’s time to call for help.
Less Obvious Signs of Gutter Damage
There are times when small animals will make your gutters home. If your gutters overflow all the time, or you see small nests in your gutters, they aren’t able to direct water to where it needs to go. If you find standing water in your gutters, this means they aren’t at the right angle to drain water from your roof. When icicles form in cold weather, this shows that your gutters aren’t draining water as they should. If you aren’t able to clean your gutters on your own, professional gutter cleaning can get the work done for you.
Signs Around the Home That Gutters Are Failing
Beyond the clear signs that your gutters are structurally failing, your home can show signs that your gutters are in need of help too. If your foundation has water that is pooling around it after a storm, the gutters aren’t moving the water away from your home. Rotting wood or peeling paint on the exterior of your home are signs of water damage from a poor gutter system. If your basement floods often or your landscaping gets damaged after a rain storm, your gutter system needs professional attention.
It may seem obvious but a well-maintained gutter is good for your home. Regular checking and maintenance will help ensure your home remains protected and intact. Call Premier Gutter Services today for gutter repair, cleaning, or replacement!