Gutters clogged with debris can lead to avoidable roof and gutter damage—if heavy enough, debris can even cause your gutters to separate from your roof, rust, or develop cracks, rendering them insufficient in protecting your home.
5 Signs Your Gutters Need Repair
1. Sagging Gutters
When clogged, gutters fill with water, causing their hangers to weaken and possibly detach from the fascia of your roof. Often, they first begin to sag in sections, disrupting the flow of water into the downspout. If you see sagging sections, call a gutter repair specialist as soon as possible.
2. Peeling Paint or Rust
Depending on the type of gutters you have, peeling paint or rust can indicate there’s been standing water in your gutters for some time. This often occurs when gutters aren’t properly installed or sloped.
3. Water Around Your Foundation
Gutters and downspouts are designed to route water away from your foundation. To determine their effectiveness, walk the perimeter of your house close to the walls. If you encounter pools of water, your gutters or downspouts could be to blame. Left unchecked, this could develop into leaks, flooding, or mold growth inside your crawl space or basement.
4. Cracks, Holes, or Leaks
You can test for cracks, holes, and leaks in your gutters by using a ladder and water hose. Spray a steady stream of low-pressure water into your gutters and watch for any leaks that occur. If present, repair them promptly to prevent them from enlarging.
5. Water Marks Beneath Your Gutters
Inspect your gutters on a sunny day when it’s not raining. Do you see watermarks or mildew? This can indicate water damage and that your gutters have been overflowing or leaking. Left unchecked, your soffit and fascia boards can rot and decay.
The gutter repair technicians at Frank’s Roofing Solutions can inspect, clean, and repair your gutters as needed. Call (678) 881-0001 to get a free quote or visit them online to learn more about their services.