You may not think about your home’s gutters, but they are a critical part of your roofing system. When they’re damaged, they can’t channel water away from house—and this puts you at risk for water damage in your foundation and siding. Before spring storms arrive, make sure your gutters are in good condition.
These three signs indicate your system needs to be replaced.
Gutters need to be level to function properly. If you notice any of the segments are sagging or misaligned, call a contractor to fix the issue. Unfortunately, not all problems are visible right away. Improper installation or foundation settling can also lead to uneven gutters. Check each segment with a level to make sure the entire system is even.
Leaking in Basement
Basement leaks are caused by water flowing from the ground into a home’s foundation. A functioning gutter system will prevent this problem by diverting water away from the house during a storm.
If leaks do appear following a period of rain, check the ground surrounding the foundation for pooling water. Make sure your downspouts are diverting water properly and not letting it collect close to the foundation.
Water Stains on Siding
Wet marks and stains directly beneath the gutters are a clear indication that they are damaged. However, these marks may not appear right away, so you will need to look on a clear, sunny day. Water stains on your siding mean immediate maintenance is necessary to prevent moisture from reaching your home’s underlying wood structure, where it can contribute to mold growth and decay.
When you need a knowledgeable contractor to install a new gutter system, you can count on A-1 Affordable Seamless Gutters in North Branford, CT. Clients have trusted this fully licensed and insured gutter cleaning service for more than a decade. Visit their website to learn more, or contact them at (203) 484-0042.