If you see these signs with your rain gutter system you may need to have your rain gutters evaluated and repaired. Do you have water pooling in areas where water should not pool, do you have rain gutter downspouts that have detached from the rest of your gutter system, is there damaged landscape where the was none before? These are all signs you need gutter repair, and at Alpine Gutters & Downspouts, we are here to do just that.
None of us, including gutters, are exempt from simply getting old, making age one of the signs you need gutter repair. Gutters usually have a life expectancy of about 15-40 years, which is a pretty long time, but if you’ve recently moved and are unsure of the age of the gutter system, let us take a look at things.
You may notice your gutters bowing away from the house or being pulled away from the brackets. Your brackets may just need replacement or reinforcement. Attend to this immediately to avoid the gutter itself breaking and ultimately causing water damage to your home.
Cracks, Gaps and Splitting
If you notice any small or large cracks in your gutters, including the drain pipe, this can turn into a significant problem faster than you can blink. Cracks and splitting will eventually wear down the entire system and cause irreversible damage to landscapes, the foundation, and the roof. If you notice large gaps, replace the section in question if it is not too damaged. If it is beyond repair, it is best to replace the entire system.
This is one of the clear signs you need gutter repair and usually an indication of a blocked gutter system or drain pipe. Try to find the blockage and or replace any damaged areas.
Most paints nowadays are made to withstand the outside elements quite well. However, if you notice peeling paint near the gutter area, that indicates there is a moisture problem, and a leaking or damaged gutter could cause it.
Excess precipitation can definitely cause soil erosion, but if you are seeing signs of excess soil erosion and thinning in areas of the lawn or garden, your gutters may not be efficiently handling the excess precipitation. Perhaps there is a blockage or less easy to detect signs you need gutter repair. Alpine Gutters & Downspouts will have many suggestions to fix the situation.
If your gutter system is allowing standing water to pool in areas of your concrete driveway or walkway, over time, this will cause shifting and cracking as well as significant damage. The moisture will find its way into the soil and eventually break down your expensive landscaping.
Excess Water Flow
Gutters withstand and carry water away from your home during an intense rainstorm, especially if installed correctly. However, if the installation was poorly done, the slope of the gutters is incorrect, or the gutters are poorly designed or made of cheap material, you may have a runoff issue. The primary objective of a gutter system is to protect your homes barriers, so gutter replacement may be needed.
A Word About Maintenance
It is imperative to have your gutters inspected and cleaned at least twice a year, once in the spring and once in the fall. If you have many large trees near the home, you may need to do this task more often. By keeping on top of it, you will end up saving a lot of money and frustration. Gutter maintenance is not that costly for the benefits it offers.
When hiring a gutter company, it is wise to do the research on that business. Check for reputation, insurance, liability, and word of mouth references. Gutter cleaning and installation can be a dangerous job and falls happen. A reputable gutter company will save you the grief of being sued if they hurt themselves on the job. Cover the basics and allow yourself the peace of mind, knowing that the company you chose will be there for you for the long haul.
Alpine Gutters & Downspouts is happy to share these helpful signs you need gutter repair, and we hope you will call on our experts to help determine the best gutter system for your family’s home and budget. There are many factors to installing the right gutters, including the area in which you live, the amount of snow and rainfall, and various factors regarding the style and roofline of the home. Whether you need new gutters, sectional replacements, or gutter maintenance and repairs, we are here to help.