One of the warning signs that you need new gutters are cracks or crevices. The small cracks soon turn into much larger ones that will cause major problems for water drainage. A small crack can cause enough damage if water drips into vulnerable areas. Fix any crack immediately by consulting a professional.
Your gutters should not have large gaps. If they do, cut them out and change them immediately. Stagnant water means that there is some kind of obstruction in the gutter or even in the downspout. If you can't find an obstruction in any of these accessories, you must install a new gutter.
An estimated 1,000-square-foot roof receives more than 620 gallons of runoff during a storm that drops an inch of rain. Your roof system and gutters work together to keep that water out of your house, as it can cause wood rot, mold, leaks, stains and structural damage. When leaves and other natural debris fill the gutters, they decompose and leave you with an unpleasant smell. These rotting leaves can cause birds, mice, squirrels and other unwanted pests to nest in gutters, causing greater obstruction and increasing odor with their waste.
One way to ensure that gutters are clean and working properly is to install a protection system. We use the Leaf Relief system, which we can apply over your existing gutters or with new gutters. These gutter protectors are superior to homemade screen protectors, require no cleaning and have a 25-year warranty. Detached gutters hanging from your house can be dangerous.
This not only means that the system is not working, but it also represents a potential hazard. If there is a strong wind or storm, the gutter could completely detach from the roof and fall on something or someone underneath. One of the most difficult problems to detect in gutters is an inadequate slope of the gutter. This can cause water to stagnate in the gutter or, worse, water to accumulate in the gutter at its lowest point.
If you notice that your gutter doesn't drain with no visible leaks, the problem could be the slope. It's not as easy to fix as the others, but it will cause excessive stress on the gutter system if left unlooked after. There are some telltale signs that your gutters are clogged regardless of where you live or the weather. The most obvious thing that occurs to everyone is when water starts to spill down the sides of the gutters, but there are also others that may not be as obvious or can be attributed to other minor problems.
If you notice water stains on the fascia boards or the ceiling, it's time to clean the gutters. Clogged gutters can cause stagnant water and poor water flow. Water stains not only look bad, but they can also cause costly structural damage. If the water doesn't drain and the blockage continues, it can cause mold and black mold.
Both pose a serious health risk to family members and tenants. Fallen gutters alone aren't particularly harmful to your overall property, but as they begin to separate from the roof, the gutter could come off and bring with it part of the outside of your home. If the gutters are made of lower quality materials or are allowed to sink long enough, they will become too damaged and may need to be replaced or repaired. This causes excessive tension in that section of the gutter and can cause the hardware to fail, causing greater sagging or, worse, a total collapse of the gutter section.
If your gutters overflow even though the downspout spits water, it's a sign that the gutters are likely to be too narrow for your home and should be replaced. Expect a particularly dry and sunny day, carefully remove debris from the gutters, and then wash the gutter system with water. If you live in a place where it rains a lot and there are a lot of leaves during the fall, it might be worth cleaning the gutters quarterly. To fix the slope of a gutter, you'll need to rehang it by removing the hardware and re-measuring the pitch.
If water overflows down the sides of gutters during a rainstorm, you may need gutter maintenance. Leaving aside the impact of obstructed roof gutters, other damage to your home could include the walls, as the gutters separate from the structure and, as we'll see below, its foundations. Even if your home is located away from falling trees and areas of hail, gutter erosion will occur if you don't maintain them properly. Learn the most common gutter problems, how to fix them before it's too late, and when it's time to replace gutters completely.