Failing gutters can be a serious problem. Don’t ignore the warning signs! Look for missing shingles, shingles that curl up at the ends, gutters that are pulling away from your home, excessive staining or mold on your home and other warning signs. It is important to stop the problem, before it becomes a very expensive one.
Here we see clogged gutters being pulled away from the home and rotted siding caused by water damage.
We comprised this 1-minute video, posted below, to help homeowners decide if the damage to their home is caused by faulty gutters. If any of these look like you home, we urge you to call a professional immediately!
Ask yourself the following questions?
#1 Do you see any visible cracks on the surface of your gutters. Cracks will lead to water leakage, which will lead to water damage on your home. If not dealt with small cracks can lead to larger cracks.
#2 Paint flaking or peeling prematurely in areas near the base of the home or on the gutters themselves? Peeling paint is a huge indicator that your gutters are leaking water, causing the paint to peel.
#3 Look for water marks located directly below the gutters. Why? Well as water pours over the surface of your home it is absorbed. As the dun dries the water you can see watermarks left behind.
#4 Are your gutters clogged? Are there certain spots in your gutters where leaves and debris seem to continually get caught? This can be caused by debris collecting in a crack in your gutter. Call a gutter specialist to have them access the issue.
#5 Are your gutters pulling away from your home? Or are the downspouts disconnected from the gutter/home? If so it might be time for new ones.
- No gutters on home
- Water in basement
- Water in home
- Seams leaking or dripping
- Overflowing gutters
However, sometimes the signs of faulty gutters can be subtle. These issues are ones that if treated immediately can save you money. Have a qualified gutter specialist access you home for these not so obvious signs. They include:
- Spike & ferrules pulling away from the gutter where you can see the nail head popping out
- Lines in your landscape below the gutter
- Mold in areas below where gutters are, or should be
- Rotting deck boards, windowsills, garage doors, and regular doors below where gutters are, or should be
- Erosion in landscape or mulch beds
- Cracking or upheaval of sidewalks, patios, driveways and stairs
- Dips or back pitch in gutters
If you are unsure of what project to focus on this summer read our post Roofing, Siding, Windows, Gutters-What Comes First? However, if any of these sound like your home, you are in the market for new gutters. Please call us today at 845-223-6111 for a free estimate and have a professional assess the damage!