Most homeowners don’t pay much attention to their gutter installation until they start experiencing problems. While that can be annoying, it usually isn’t too bad if the only problems are leaves and branches getting stuck in them. However, water damage is another story; you’ll want to take action before it becomes a serious issue.
If your gutters look like this (left), you need new gutters installed. Water will start leaking through cracks or holes in the gutter system, which can then seep into your home’s foundation or the framework of the roofing system over time – both expensive fixes that are best avoided altogether with proactive maintenance. A simple gutter cleaning service is effective at preventing these issues from occurring, but more extensive measures may also be required if the gutters are already in bad shape.
If you notice water pooling on your roof or near your home’s foundation, that usually means it has nowhere to go, and the gutter system isn’t catching enough of it. The first step should be to examine the gutters themselves; if they’re dirty or clogged with debris (right), there’s not much that can be done besides cleaning them out. If this doesn’t help, you may need new gutters installed – especially if there are issues at multiple locations around your house.
Sometimes the issue is even more fundamental than an obstructed sewer line or a high demand for water by nearby trees and plants. Gutter guards may also prevent sufficient water from entering the gutter system, which could require a change to your landscaping or a different type of gutter installation.
If you’re not sure whether it’s time for the installation of a new gutter or if you just need a simple repair done on the existing one, contact an experienced professional service. Typically, gutters need to be cleaned out and inspected at least once every two years.
Gutter cleaning services may be able to scrub stuck-on debris off of your gutters or install new ones – whatever is quickest and safest for them. However, if they notice any issues that might necessitate replacement work, you should call in another contractor to take care of that part before signing off on the job. Even if you’re not having any problems, now is the time to have your gutters inspected.
Nobody wants to deal with water damage or mold, even if its just a minor issue that can be fixed without too much fuss. Make sure you’re prepared for the future by getting new gutters installed before there are serious problems – it’s better to take preventive action than wait until things get worse!
By keeping on top of small issues before they turn into large ones, you can avoid major expenses down the road. If you notice anything unusual about your gutter system, keep an eye out for further developments and consult your local contractor as soon as possible.