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3 Warning Signs That It's Time To Replace Your Gutters

by Marvin Gilbert

As a homeowner, you are probably aware of the importance of regular inspections of your home's exterior in order to keep things in good repair. Unfortunately, one of the most commonly overlooked areas is the gutters. The gutters are an extremely important part of your home; they are designed to direct water away from your homes windows, walls, doors and even the foundation, preventing the water from making its way inside. Gutters that do not function as they are intended to function can lead to serious problems, so it is best to inspect them often. Cleaning your gutters a few times a year will help improve the lifespan of the system; however, at some point gutter replacement is necessary to protect your home. Here are three signs that may indicate it's time to replace the gutters.

Peeling Paint

The paint on the exterior of your home is designed to withstand typical wear and tear from the environment. However, prolonged exposure to moisture can cause the paint to peel, even exterior paint that is designed to be somewhat water-resistant. If you notice peeling paint around the gutters it is an indicator that water is present on a continuous basis. If you notice orange flecks on the exterior walls of your home or on the ground under the gutters, it could be a sign of rust, which typically indicates the water is not being directed through the gutter system, but instead seeping through cracks that are the result of rust.

Foundation Damage

The gutters on your home are designed to keep the water flowing away from the foundation. If you notice mildew and/or pools of water near the foundation, it may be an indication that the gutters are not working as they were intended. This may be caused by something as simple as a clog in the gutter or something more serious, such as a defect in the gutter system. Water can cause expensive, time-consuming repairs to the foundation. If you clean the gutters and there is still water pooling near the foundation, it generally means it's time for a gutter replacement.

Sagging Gutters

Sagging gutters or gutters that are pulling away from house are the easiest ways to tell that it is time to replace the gutters. If the gutters are sagging, it typically means the gutters are full of water and the weight is causing the sagging and/or pulling them away from the house. Sagging gutters interrupt the flow of water and may result in pooling water; the water is basically standing in the gutter. Not only can standing water cause damage to the foundation of your home, but to the roof as well. In this situation, the gutter system should be replaced as soon as possible to prevent any further damages.

You should check the gutters at least twice a year, ideally on days that are sunny and free from rain or snow. This will make it easier to check for water damage or water marks in the areas underneath the gutter. If you notice any water marks or water damage, it is an indication that the gutters are leaking or overflowing water is seeping out of the gutter. In some situations, thoroughly cleaning the gutters may repair the problem, but if the problem continues, you should have a gutter replacement as soon as possible.