Your gutters and downspouts have the critical job of channeling water away from your home. In fact, when properly functioning, gutters prevent a host of potentially extensive moisture-related problems. Although they require some maintenance, most systems provide trouble-free service for many years. Gutters will typically last about 10-15 years, but they won’t last forever. Take a look at these signs that indicate it’s time for a replacement.
If you notice one or two cracks in your gutter system, they can probably be repaired. However, if there are large or numerous cracks, you should consider replacement. Cracks allow water to escape the proper channel of drainage and will eventually cause damage to what lies below. You may be able to spot the larger cracks on a dry, clear day, but some of the smaller cracks will only reveal themselves during a heavy rainfall. Take a few minutes to inspect your gutters the next time it rains.
Issues at the seams
Most gutters are vulnerable at the seams, where two sections meet. You may notice leaks or separations at the seams, which could lead to a number of problems, both outside and inside your home. Some seams can be repaired, but it might be more beneficial to replace your gutter system with seamless gutters to prevent further issues.
If you notice the paint on your home is beginning to peel in certain locations, check the nearest gutter for a leak. A malfunctioning gutter can cause your exterior siding to bubble up or peel away from the excess moisture. When larger areas are affected, it may be time to replace your gutters.
A major red flag of a malfunctioning gutter is rotting wood on the exterior of your home. If your gutter system is compromised and allows water to cascade onto windowsills and door jambs, it’s time to take action. Periodically inspect the exterior of your home for water damage to prevent this headache.
If moisture accumulates near the foundation, it can lead to mold and mildew growth in the basement. If you notice any of these issues below ground level, damaged gutters could be the culprit. If you’ve already attempted to repair the gutters, replacement is the next logical step.
Gutters must be maintained to function correctly. If you forget or put off maintenance, smaller and more manageable issues can turn into bigger, more costly problems. Schedule gutter cleaning twice a year and have the experts at Outback Guttervac inspect your gutter system for efficiency.
Disclaimer: Please note, we do not offer gutter replacement services. Please click here to learn about our gutter cleaning and power washing services.