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6 Warning Signs That Your Gutter Needs to be Replaced
Friday, March 23, 2018

For your home, gutters act as a lifeline to protect it from damage as they direct both ground and rain water away from your home. If there are no gutters, water will easily sweep through the foundations and walls of your home which may cause major damage overtime.

As a responsible homeowner, you should never neglect your home’s gutter. To ensure that your gutter works efficiently, you must be on the lookout for these warning signs which show that your gutter needs to be replaced.

1. Visible Cracks

If your gutter is cracked or fractured, water will leak from it. Moreover, small cracks, if not repaired, can turn into huge fractures which can create severe problems for your entire drainage system. If you spot any crack in your gutter, do not wait around and call a professional to look at the issue.

2. Paint Peeling

If you notice the paint peeling around your gutters, you should be worried as paint peels faster when it gets in contact with water. If house paint peels, it means that your gutter is leaking from somewhere. If the gutter is not replaced, this leak can become worse and cause major damage to your home.

3. Standing Water

If you find that there is standing water near your home, it is a sign that either your gutter or downspout is blocked. If you cannot find the blockage then gutter will need to be replaced.

4. Gutters Sagging Away


Fasteners that hold the gutters along the roof’s edge need to be occasionally maintained. If the gutters pull away from the roof again and again and you have to re-secure the fasteners, it is not a good sign. There may be stress in your gutter from damage due to snow or it may be waterlogged. New gutters will be required to get rid of the problem.

5. Mildew Madness

Downspouts terminate nearly 6 feet away from your home due to a reason. If moisture is accumulated near the foundation, it will get into the basement and eventually cause growth of unhealthy, unsightly and smelly mildew. If you encounter excessive mildew and mold below the ground, damaged gutters are the most probable cause.

If such problems don’t go away with repairs, replacing the gutters will be the most rational option.

6. Water Stains

Check the walls in your basement. If you spot any water marks, it means that the gutters are not disposing the water properly and it is entering your basement. If the gutter is not replaced, the concrete foundation of your home can be severely damaged.

If you have noticed any of these signs and think that your gutters are not performing well then give us a call at Midwest Property Pros. We’ll provide a free consultation and install new gutters in your home if replacement is required.


 

 

 

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