At Quality Gutter Systems, we understand that your gutters are an important part of your home’s defense against water damage. They help direct rainwater away from the vulnerable areas of your home, keeping out mold, mildew, and preventing other dampness-related damage. However, as important as your gutters are, you may not know how to tell when they need replacing. Here are some tips to help you know when it’s time to call us for your gutter replacement project.
Cracked Gutters Should Be Replaced
It’s important to inspect your gutters carefully for cracks. Some larger cracks may be visible when the gutters are dry, but most will need to be found while it’s raining. Alternatively, you can use your garden hose to run water through your gutters to try to find cracks and forego standing in the rain. Just remember to be very careful when using a ladder to reach your gutters, or stay safe by standing on the ground and using a spray nozzle to direct a flow of water onto your roof. Should you find cracks, it’s probably time to explore your options for gutter replacement.
Beware of Stressed Seams and Joints
Most gutters have inherent weak spots, such as where horizontal pieces join together or in the joints for downspouts. The seams and joints may separate, leading to leaks and greater stress. This typically leads to failures that require the gutters to be replaced. At Quality Gutter Systems, we install continuous, or seamless, gutters to avoid these types of failures. Our SnapLock gutter systems even allow gutters to expand and contract during periods of high or low temperatures without causing stress on the gutter or your home.
Mold, Mildew, & Moss Indicate Gutter Problems
Be watchful for the formation of mold, mildew, and moss that may signal gutter problems. Downspouts typically guide water away from the foundation of your home because when too much moisture is deposited near it, it can promote the growth of various fungi inside your home. When gutters fail, they allow rainwater to puddle and pool near your foundation, leading to issues with dampness.
When in Doubt, Call Us
Should you notice any signs of gutter problems, or just suspect there’s something not quite right, contact our professionals at Quality Gutter Systems. We take pride in completing each of our gutter replacement projects with high quality materials, courteous service, and an emphasis on customer satisfaction.
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