5 Common Gutter Problems

August 30, 2019 4:17 pm

A variety of problems are associated with gutters. Unfortunately, those problems tend to get worse over time, leading to more expensive repair work. Homeowners need to pay attention to some undeniable signs that showcase that their gutters need a replacement immediately

Signs of water around the foundation

Gutters channel the water away from a house’s foundation. If you notice a large amount of water has started to gather and has created some type of puddle or pool, then it’s possible that your gutter is not doing its job and may need to be replaced as soon as possible.

Peeling paint

Although it is rarely associated with gutters, peeling paint can be a sign that your gutters have started to lose their shape and durability. Particularly, when we talk about galvanised steel gutters, that are usually coated with paint in order to get protection from the moisture or water that can damage them, peeling paint is a trustworthy indicator that something is not right with the gutters. 

Cracks or splits

If you notice any cracks on your gutters, you should ideally keep track of them, as they may worsen over time. Larger cracks or splits will normally require your immediate attention to prevent more severe damages to your property. 

Sagging gutters

A sagging gutter is normally a sign that too much water is being stored in them. Gutter replacement is the most common solution if that is the case. Particularly if you notice that your gutters start to pull away from the rest of the house, it’s important that you take immediate action. 

Presence of mould

The appearance of mould in the basement of your house or near the exterior can be a sign that the gutters are not functioning properly and need immediate replacement. Homeowners should be aware of the fact that improper guttering, in this case, can result in the gathering of more moisture to the existing mouldy areas, making the whole situation even more worse. 

House Mould

Importance of gutter maintenance and repair

Taking care of the gutters is one of the most neglected tasks homeowners fail to act on nowadays. This can lead to the appearance of damaged gutters and major water problems in one’s property. Gutter maintenance and frequent checkups can really help you prevent any type of damage in that important part of your house. 

Including gutter repair and cleaning in your annual, seasonal maintenance can be the key to keeping your house in good condition throughout the year. Debris, leaves, and other materials that can be built in your gutters need to get regularly removed to prevent water from overflowing. 

There is a variety of signs that showcase that your gutters need to get replaced immediately. Homeowners who notice any of the signs mentioned above are advised to act in order to prevent further damage. However, one should not underestimate the importance of maintenance and repair. After all, no one wishes to spend a fortune replacing damaged gutters that could be easily repaired. If you would like to speak to a specialist get in touch today at marc@guttermaintenance.com or head over to our contact page for more information. 

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