Over our many years of business we have repaired and replaced many gutter systems. We often encounter a number of customers that are unsure if it is time to invest in a new gutter system, or if their existing gutters can be repaired. In either case, here are some examples that should help you identify if it is time to replace or have your gutters repaired:
Signs of damaged gutters
Holes and dents – If you look at your gutters and see that there are holes and dents, this means that they have likely taken a beating and are not working to full capacity. Holes will allow water to leak it shouldn’t, and dents can be a sign of problems to come. In some cases these problems can be repaired, but we recommend a professional review your gutters thoroughly to provide the best answer.
Gutter separation – Over time gutters can become separated. Gutter connections can become loose due to abuse from the elements, animals, or an escaping soccer ball. As a result water may be leaking from the separation. It is time that your gutters are replaced with water tight fittings.
Water runoff – If you notice that during or after a rain shower the water is overflowing from the gutter and running down the outside of your downspouts or home, then your gutters are not draining properly. This could indicate that they are in need of maintenance, but is also a larger warning sign that your gutters are not doing their job properly. The environment may be too tough for them and you can’t keep up with maintenance.
Rust – Depending on the material used for the gutters, they could be rusting. This is a sure sign that your gutters are in need of replacement. Rust will eventually lead to holes and the gutters will no longer retain water.
Sagging gutters – If your gutters appear to be sagging, it likely means that their connections are worn and have outlived their usefulness. The water will flow between the gap created from the roof and the gutters leaving water to pool below. Eventually the gutters may continue to sag until a breaking point when they detach from each other and the home.
Mold and moisture in basement – A major warning sign is water damage at the base of your home. If you notice water, moisture, or mold in your basement it means that water is somehow entering the home. This could be due to improperly sealed insulation or concrete, but the first place to look is the gutters. If you see that the gutters are not routing water away from the base of your home then that is a sure way to remove that water flow quickly.
These are just some of the warning signs that your gutters are in need of replacement. To get an expert opinion contact Tristar Gutters at 604-533-0500. In our years of experience we will be able to determine in the gutters can be repaired or if it is time for full replacement.