Signs your gutters need replacing
Gutters play a huge role in protecting your home. When gutters become old or are damaged they no longer divert rain or melting snow away from your home. As a result, your home is susceptible to costly problems like water damage, ice damming or rotting interior walls.
The life span of gutters varies depending on maintenance routines and weather conditions. It is estimated galvanized steel or aluminum gutters have a life span of about 20 years and copper gutters around 50 years. You should clean gutters twice a year to guarantee proper working condition and to help identify any issues before they turn into major headaches.
12 Signs Your Gutters May Need Replacing
1. Water is leaking into your basement. Clogged damaged, or worn gutters are main reasons for basement leaks.
2. You have water channels forming in your landscaping or notice wash out or erosion. These are signs your gutters are not performing properly.
3. You find mold in your basement. Leaky gutters can create moisture in your basement causing mold growth.
4. Your finding broken fasteners or nails on the ground that have fallen from loose gutters.
5. A sure sign of non-performing gutters - standing water inside gutters.
6. Visible gaps between gutter connections or between the gutters and fascia boards they are attached to.
7. Gutters are sagging, pulling away from your home, are hanging down or lean more towards the front instead of being level, or seamed gutters are loose or pulling apart at seams and are too worn to be reattached.
8. Gutters are rusted.
9. Gutters are dented, bent, and have holes or cracks that are beyond repair.
10. You notice peeling paint on your home, corroding wood in areas behind the gutters or you are seeing rust stains on your home. This is caused by water back-splashing or overflowing from gutters causing water to run down the back of gutters along the exterior of your home. If gutters are fairly new, make sure they are not misaligned or clogged.
11. Cracks in your foundation. Clogged or leaking gutters can cause water to flow towards the foundation of your home instead of directing it away causing cracks in your foundation.
12. If gutters are not draining properly - if you can hear water heavily hitting the ground during rain that means water is poring over the sides of the gutter and could be a sign of blockage or something further. Puddles of water forming around your home after rain or mold on your home's foundation are also tell-tell signs.
DIY TIP: Outdoor Window Cleaner
2 Cups Water
1/4 Cup White Vinegar
1/2 Teaspoon Dish Detergent
Scrub Brush or Sponge Mop (if reaching high places use a brush with an extension to avoid using a ladder)
Mix ingredients into the bucket, wet scrub brush or mop in solution and scrub window. Rinse clean with water before solution dries.