Gutters help distribute groundwater and rainwater from your home. Without them, water would easily seep into the walls and foundation of your house, risking its structural integrity. If your house has a wooden foundation, you stand the risk of a rotting foundation. As long as your gutters are working efficiently, you have no cause for concern. You need to maintain and clean your gutters to ensure their efficacy. However, even with the utmost care, cleaning, and maintenance, your gutters may still be damaged. Regularly patching and repairing emerging structural problems could just be a waste of money. Continue reading for 4 signs that it's time to replace your gutters.
Water Pools Near Your Foundation
Replacing your gutters is definitely a cheaper project that underpinning your house. Therefore, if you notice that water is pooling near or around your house's foundation, you need to take it very seriously. It means that your gutters are compromised, and are failing to collect and channel both rainwater and groundwater to the right place.
Your Gutters Are Cracked
During the dry season, you may hardly notice that your gutters are cracked. In fact, you can have them cracked for a while and suffer absolutely no damage. However, when the rain starts, you may have no time for repairs. A cracked guttering system is of no benefit to your home. Ensure you regularly inspect your gutters and identify any areas that may be damaged. Schedule a replacement with an experienced roofer to avoid structural damage to your home.
If your gutters are slowly pulling away or sagging, it's time for you to schedule a gutter replacement. One of the primary causes of sagging gutters is the accumulation of debris and leaves in the gutters. It could also be a result of faulty fastenings. Unless you rectify the situation immediately, your gutters may fall off completely and probably bring parts of your roof with them.
Mould and Mildew Build-Up
Mould and mildew are common signs of moisture problems in your home. If you find a build-up of dirt, mould or mildew in your crawlspace or basement, there is a chance that your gutters are the culprit. Evidence of rotted exterior wood indicates that your leaking gutters were funnelling water directly to the wooden surfaces. If this is the case, then it's time you consider gutter replacement.
If your gutters are damaged and you continue to use them, you're risking your house's foundation and it's structural integrity. Ensure you call a licenced and experienced roofer to replace your gutters, and take back control of your ground and rainwater.
For more information, contact a gutter replacement service today.