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5 Signs you need new Gutters

Posted on January 26, 2016 at 11:55 AM


1. Sagging or otherwise pulling away from the house. Gutters that are sagging, coming away from the house, or bowing likely aren’t doing their job properly. This is one of the easiest warning signs to spot, since you can probably see this when you’re looking up from the ground. Most of the time, this occurs because the gutters are full of heavy water, which is a red flag that they’re not draining correctly.

2. Rust. While you may need to get up on a roof or ladder to see this warning sign, it’s worth taking a look because it’s a surefire sign you need new gutters. Rusting gutters will eventually get holes and cracks in them that will cause water to spill out before it gets to the end of the downspout. Aluminum gutters that won’t rust are becoming more and more popular, so that’s an option to consider when you’re getting your older, rusty gutters replaced.

3. Flooding basement. Gutters that aren’t working properly are the primary cause of basement floods. Because water in the basement can cause a huge hassle and many thousands of dollars worth of property damage, it’s a good idea to look at replacing your gutters as soon as possible if this is happening to you.

4. Water damage or marks on the outside of your home. Water that’s splattering on or running down the sides of your house will often leave a trace in the form of water stains, peeling paint, or even mold growth. If you see any of these signs on your exterior walls or directly underneath the gutters themselves, your gutters aren’t doing their job properly.

5. Splits and/or cracks. Even small cracks or splits in your gutters deserve immediate attention. Because of the force of running water, tiny cracks can quickly become bigger ones that will allow water to flow down the sides of your house. While small repairs can be done with specially designed gutter repair tape or roofing cement to keep the gutters operating, too many cracks or cracks that are too large to repair means it’s time to shop for new gutters.

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Reply Callum Palmer
10:14 PM on November 14, 2017 
Considering how important gutters are for keeping rainwater away from your home's foundation it really is a good idea to learn when to replace the. I especially like that the article includes rust as a sign that the gutters need to be replaced. Some people might ignore it, but if the rust corrodes to much of the metal then the gutters will collapse eventually. https://www.a1seamlessguttersmaine.com/