A good roof is perhaps one of the most important investments a homeowner can make. Any good investment requires good maintenance. One of the most crucial factors in upholding a roofing system is the quality of the gutter maintenance. Neglecting your gutters can cause storm damage that will cost thousands of dollars to repair that could have been avoided with proper upkeep. But how does a person really know when their gutters need more immediate attention? How can a homeowner say it is time to call in the roofing contractor to work on the gutters or clean them? Here are few signs that tell when your gutter actually needs some attention:
Rusty and slumping gutter – Rust is obviously a sign of old age. If rust built up rather quickly, then you should speak to a roofing expert about preventive measures to address the moisture. A rusty gutter is prone to build-ups and clogging because of its texture. Slumping does not help either as it does not allow the water to flow according to how gutters were initially designed. Once you observe these things, replace the gutters to prevent more serious issues.
Loose gutter – A loose gutter is a potential hazard for your family. This needs to be addressed immediately before it can hurt anyone in the house. Needless to say a hanging gutter will not work properly because of its uneven position. This problem requires immediate fixing not only to put back the gutter in a working position, but to also save your family from falling gutters.
Exterior wall damage – Wall damage is a clear sign that water is not flowing properly through the gutter. As a result, some of the water leaks toward the exterior walls of the house, which causes paint to peel and some wooden materials to rot more quickly and easily. If you observe exterior wall damage, check the gutters for any clogs and holes. A clogged gutter will cause too much build up on one side and will eventually overflow through the gaps and holes causing leakage that can lead to serious damage around the nearby area.
Clogs – The problem with clogs is that not all of them are easy to clear. Clogging indicates that a significant amount of water maybe pooling somewhere, or maybe seeping into inside the house without you knowing it. It has to go somewhere eventually. Clogs are prevented by regularly checking for debris that could potentially flow with the water down the spout. Serious clogging might require cutting the gutters down just to get the obstruction out. Hence, if preventative measures are not taken to avoid serious clogging you could end up sitting on a huge bill down the lines. As they say, prevention is better than cure, so do not wait for clogs to build up, and check those gutters regularly for debris and smooth water flow.
A lot of gutter problems can be avoided by regular cleaning and inspection. Gutter problems cannot be ignored as they can lead to more serious damages all around the house. Keep these things in mind so you know when your gutters need attention. Taking the time to regularly check your gutters for damage sounds tedious and time-consuming but any damage that is detected early can save you thousands of dollars and prevent a lot of potential headaches.
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Written by: Thomas Bohm on 11/27/2013