If your home has older gutters, you may have noticed that there seems to be water leaking or overflowing from them, making you suspect that they are worn or damaged in some way. If so, look for the following signs that your home's gutters are in need of repairs.
Downspouts No Longer Line up with the Gutters
One sign that your gutters need repairing can be found by looking at the downspouts. You may notice that they are leaning and no longer line up with the spout holes in the gutters.
There are a few reasons why the downspouts are misaligned. A strong storm with high winds may have blown them loose. Or, the downspouts themselves are clogged up, and the weight of the leaves and debris inside has pulled them away from the openings in the gutters. With either of these two scenarios, you may be able to realign the downspouts and reattach them.
However, if your gutters have started to sag or pull away, they may become detached from the top of the downspouts. In this case, you will probably not be able to reattach the downspouts without having the gutters fixed first.
Pools of Water Are Found at the Base of the House
Another sign that your gutters need fixing is the presence of pools of water in the same areas around the base of your house. Or, if the weather is dry, you may find divets in the ground next to the foundation where soil erosion has occurred because of extra water coming from the gutters.
If the gutters have become warped or bent, water may be directed toward these weakened areas where it spills over. This spillage can also happen when your gutters start to sag, either from worn material or a broken bracket.
Another cause of these pools of water or divets could be that there are cracks in the gutters or the seams have started coming apart. If the holes and seams are not filled, or these sections of gutters replaced, the gaps will only become larger in the future, allowing more water to spill out.
If you notice any of the above signs, your gutters are most likely no longer working properly and should be looked at by a professional. Contact a contractor who offers gutter repair services to schedule an appointment to have them inspect the gutters and discuss your options for fixing them.
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