Any sign of trouble with your gutters could be a sign of unnecessary damage. As a homeowner, it is a very important home maintenance task to maintain them to prevent leaks, clogs and water damage. The gutters on your home play a very large role in the wellbeing of the exterior and possibly even the interior of your home if the water damage is extensive.
The number one thing that you can do to maintain the status of the exterior features of your home is to clean your gutters. It does not have to be often, twice a year is typically sufficient unless you have a large amount of trees or other obstacles that cause frequent clogs. It is typically recommended to check the status of those on your home before major weather changes – scheduling them in the spring and fall is typically sufficient.
Signs of Trouble
Understanding what signs to look for that indicate there is an issue that needs to be resolved can save you many headaches and even costs in the long run.
- The first and most obvious sign is gutters that are leaning down. This could be a sign that they are clogged and are being weighted down by water or debris
- Look at the ground surrounding your home, if there are large holes in the mulch or dirt, chances are there is an issue with the water flow coming down
- Inspect the seams, if they seem torn or tattered, repair or replacement might be necessary
- Water stains or leaks, especially in the corners are a sign that the water is not flowing properly
Time for Replacement
Aluminum gutters on an average last 10 to 15 years with proper maintenance. If you have taken care of yours, then chances are you will need minor repairs rather than replacing the entire system. If they are rusted, rotted or the leaks are extensive, replacement might be recommended. Because the gutters on your home are the foundation for the stability of so many other items such as the roof, window sills and siding – it is worth the time, effort and money that it takes to maintain them or even replace them when the time comes.