A gutter system that is in need of repairs, allows water down onto the ground undirected and can damage your foundation landscaping, and deck or patio. The cost of not repairing your gutter system is usually far worse than having a professional come inspect and address your gutter system.
Consumer Reports lists runaway rainwater that pours over the gutters and puddles along the foundation as the #1 home repair that can prevent major problems later.
Maintaining your gutters greatly reduces the chances the system will fail when you need it most. Here is a list of common problems to look for in your gutter system.
Do you see obvious holes in your gutter system. Check near downspouts, it is a common area where a hole can develop
If you have a gutter system with rust on it, if you are not already experiencing leaking, you will be soon. Rust is a tell-tale sign of impending gutter system failure.
Obvious leaks are an issue but sometimes they are not clearly visible. Don’t be afraid to test your system and check corners and seams as they are the most common place for leaks.
Another issue is overflow. Overflow is often caused by blockages in your system from debris, or ice dams in the winter but can also occur because of improper gutter pitch, downspout size, and improper mounting.
If you have issues with your downspouts water can pool at the base of these drains and not runaway from the home. Water should be evacuated away from the home and this can be especially damaging to your foundation.
Stripes can form when organic debris builds up around the lip of the gutters. This attracts moisture to the debris and it oozes or drips out leaving the staining.
Many gutter issues begin with improper cleaning or debris prevention. When your gutters fill up with debris they trap moisture leading to holes, rust, leaks, overflows, pooling and tiger striping. Preventing debris from entering the gutter system or cleaning your system is vital to maintain the systems integrity. You have two options to maintain your system
Gutter screens and guards are a wonderful method of preventing debris from entering your system. They are usually simple to install and can be added to most gutter systems. There are a few options to look at and our team can help you choose.1
It is not easy to see into your gutters from the ground. If you have not had your gutters cleaned in the last year, they most likely need to be cleared of debris. To learn more about our gutter cleaning services, follow the button. 2