Your Fall 2015 Guide to Checking Gutters for Damage

By anderson

  • September 21, 2015
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Now that fall has arrived, it won’t be long until the really cold weather starts to set in. Because cold weather can put a lot of stress on the exterior of your home, it’s important to ensure that your exterior is in optimal condition prior to winter’s arrival. One element you’ll definitely want to have on your pre-winter home inspection checklist is your gutters.

The main purpose of gutters is to keep water away from your home. Although that may not sound like a big deal, it’s actually very important. If water doesn’t flow away from your home, it can start to pool up and cause a variety of problems. In the worst cases, excess water actually damages a home’s foundation.

Given that no homeowner wants to have to deal with foundation damage, the good news is you can avoid these kinds of problems by keeping your gutters in optimal shape. By taking the time to look for damage and then getting a professional to deal with any problems you identify, you can save yourself significant money and stress.

Since fall is a great time for checking gutters for damage, we want to cover what to look for when you do this type of inspection:

Cracks of Any Size

When you start inspecting your gutters, be sure to take note of any cracks. Even though a small crack may not seem like a big deal, gutter cracks almost always increase in size. By taking note of any crack in your gutters and promptly getting the damage fixed, you can avoid ending up with an even bigger issue.

Signs of Peeling or Orange Flecks

In some cases, peeling paint is just a sign of a very old gutter. However, it’s often a sign of water that’s sitting in the same spot for an extended amount of time. The same is true for orange flecks, which generally indicate that a gutter is rusting.

Sagging Gutters

There’s no scenario where gutters should be sagging. So even if the sagging appears to be minimal, this is still an issue that you’ll want to address as soon as possible.

Water Marks or Pools of Water

In addition to keeping an eye out for water marks below gutters, you’ll also want to look around the foundation of your home for pools of water or mildew.

The Easy Way to Fix Gutter Damage

If you discover that your gutters are damaged, you’ll be happy to know that it’s actually quite easy to fix them. All you need to do is give Anderson Gutter a call. Our skilled team can fix any gutter damage properly and promptly. So whether you have leaks, holes or a disconnected gutter, get in touch with us today to take care of the problem.