Your rain gutters are an important element of your home, despite their small size. New rain gutters need to be installed when your current gutters can not handle water and are letting it seep into your home. Sierra Vista Maintenance can clean your gutters and remove blocks, which can help them last longer, but there are some points where it is a better investment to replace your gutters.
The importance of your gutters is to keep water away from your home, so when cracks are present in your gutters, the water leaks easily and can cause problems in your foundation. Cracks in gutters are hard to repair effectively and small cracks can be made worse when water is running over them constantly. Cracks that are not dealt with can damage the fascia boards behind your gutters as well, so the best option for protecting your home is to install new rain gutters.
2- Damaged Downspouts
Downspouts can be damaged from storms, lawnmowers, roof damage, or just wear and tear. Gutter downspouts are what help direct the water away from the foundation of your home, so if they become detached or broken, the water will spill everywhere or become blocked inside the top gutters.
If your downspouts are spitting out water, but the gutters attached to your roof are overflowing, it can be a bigger problem and may still require new rain gutters.
Rust occurs when you are located in an area with excessive moisture and rainfall. Rust starts to deteriorate the metal of your gutters creating cracks and holes. If you have visible rust spots or deterioration it is the safest option to replace your gutters.
If you find mold growth on your roof, basement ceiling, foundation, siding, or other parts of your home, the problem can often be linked back to your gutter system. Mold can spread easily once it appears, so getting new rain gutters can stop it from spreading anymore.
Regular gutter cleaning can stop mold from forming by removing leaves and other debris. Sierra Vista Maintenance works to help clients have working gutters and keep debris out of their homes.
5- Improper Slope
When your gutters are installed, they are set at a slop to help them drain properly, if your house has settled or the slope was installed improperly, your gutters will need to be replaced. Slopes for gutters are the only way rainwater can exit the gutters properly. New rain gutters will ensure that the water flows away from your home, front porch, and more.
6- Foundation Problems
Looking at your foundation, if you notice slipping, erosion, or mold growth around, new rain gutters are needed. Shifting or cracking foundations is a result of too much moisture in the soil which can lead to more damage inside your home too.
Getting dripped on from your gutters defeats the purpose of having them. If rainwater is running out of your gutters, they are most likely clogged or blocked. If you can clean debris out of your gutters, you may solve the problem without replacement, but if your gutters have not been cleaned in a while, a new rain gutter system may be necessary.
8- Sagging Gutters
Saggy gutters are similar to improper slopes. Your gutters can not flow the water away from your home if they are bowed in the middle. If your gutters are sagging and lifting away from your roof, they may snap, spilling water all over.
9- Detached From Your Roof
While gutters are meant to keep water away from your roof, it is also meant to catch runoff during a storm. When your gutter system is detached from your roof in places, that water ends up dripping on your porch or into the ground below. Reattaching your gutters with new hardware will only last for so long, and getting new rain gutters will be inevitable.
Save yourself some time and money by replacing your gutters at the first sign of detachment.
Sierra Vista Maintenance
Cleaning out your gutters is the cheapest way to save yourself from replacing them more often. We want to protect your home which is why we offer many cleaning services for solar panels, gutters, driveways, roofs, and more. Our business has continued to grow and learn more about the homes in California in order to best serve our clients. Contact us to improve the quality of your home and avoid the need for new rain gutters!