Failing gutters can be a serious problem. Don’t ignore the warning signs that could be the cause of the water damage in and around your home! Firstly, look for missing shingles, shingles that curl up at the ends, gutters that are pulling away from your home. Look at your foundation for cracks or 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.
Water Damage Caused By Faulty Gutters
Secondly, lets look at your gutter system. 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!
Protect Your Home & Your Gutter System
First, 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? As water pours over the surface of your home, directly below the gutter, the ground is absorbing the water. As the sun 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 do the downspouts disconnect from the gutter/home? If so it might be time for new ones.
Obvious Signs Water Damage Is Wrecking Havoc
So remember, there are very obvious signs that your gutters are in need of repair or replacement. They are as follows:
- 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. Therefore, 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
- In addition, tips or back pitch in gutters
Gutter System & Water Damage Repair
However, if any of these sound like your home, you are in the market for new gutters. Moreover, if you are unsure of how your gutter system is performing, contact us. For a free estimate and have a professional assess the damage!