Well-maintained, efficient gutters safely guide the rainwater runoff from the roof away from your home, protecting it against rot, mold, and other water damage. You should lose no time getting the rain gutters repaired or replaced if they do not seem to be working correctly. It is crucial to have the gutter system functioning at peak efficiency, and you owe it to yourself to watch out for symptoms indicating that gutter replacement needs to be scheduled. Here are the usual warning signs –
Splits or cracks in the gutters
Big cracks and splits in the rain gutters point to excessive wear and tear. Continued use of such a gutter system results in its further deterioration and considerable water damage to the property. You would do well to get new gutters.
Peeling paint or rust on the gutters
The paint starts peeling off, and rust starts accumulating on extremely old gutters. Peeling paint and orange flecks of rust on a not-so-old gutter system indicate the continual presence of water in it because of its poor functioning. In either case, gutter replacement is advisable.
Water stains or water damage under the gutters
The presence of water damage marks underneath the rain gutters is a sign of frequent overflowing or leakage. It may be time to get the gutters replaced.
Unexplained nails and screws on the ground
Screws and nails can show up on the ground when gutters and brackets start breaking. Initially, these may be replaced, but repeated falling off the nails indicates gutter wear.
Gutters sagging or pulling away from the house
Rain gutters tend to sag if they are improperly pitched or have loose brackets. Excessive weight of standing water in clogged gutters can also cause sagging of gutters. However, the gutter system can get damaged beyond repair if the issues are left unresolved. If your gutters are sagging and pulling away from the roof, they likely need to be replaced.
Frequently overflowing gutters
If clear or unclogged rain gutters overflow after almost every rainfall, they might be undersized for your house. You will have to get these replaced with an ideally-sized gutter system.
A flooded basement or eroding landscape
Worn or malfunctioning gutters constantly leak water. If you frequently have a wet basement or soggy lawn and erosion in the landscape, do not put off the gutter replacement job.
If you observe any of the rain gutter issues mentioned above, get in touch with Tedrick’s Roofing. We handle the new gutter installation and gutter replacement jobs in Auburn, WA, and the surrounding areas. Rely on us to recommend replacing your gutter system only if it is too far gone or not adequately sized for your home. Call us today (206) 222-3150.