Keeping Your Gutters Maintained and Working Properly

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Gutters are there for a reason

Properly maintained gutters should last a minimum of 20 years. You should be checking your gutters at least twice a year for signs of wear and tear, once in the Spring and again in the Fall. They should be checked both when it is raining and when it is dry.  While some issues may be apparent in dry weather, others may only become so during heavy rainfall.

They might not be much to look at but gutters play an important role in protecting your home from the elements and keeping it safe and secure. They direct water away from the walls, windows, doors, and foundations. But, if any part of your guttering system is defective, you may not notice until it is too late.

The following is an easy list of ways to spot damage:

  • Cracks, holes, or rust spots in the gutters
  • Screws coming out or not installed all the way into the brackets
  • Gutters sagging, separating, or pulling away from the house, hanging down or leaning away from the walls (gutters should only be at a gentle slope to work well but not be leaning)
  • Nails popping or sticking out from the gutters
  • Gutters are bent or dented
  • Gaps between the gutter connections, junctions with downspouts or facia boards to which they are attached

Some more, harder to spot, signs of damage:

  • Icicles are forming from the gutters in cold weather
  • Gutters are continually overflowing during rainfall
  • You find nails, screws, or connectors on the ground
  • Water leaks from parts of the gutters where it shouldn’t or spills over from the gutters when the rain has stopped
  • There is standing water in the gutters even after it stops raining
  • Things are growing out of the gutters or animals are nesting in them

Signs on the inside of your home that your gutters are failing:

  • The basement regularly floods during heavy rainfall or has signs of mildew or mold
  • Exterior paint peeling or wood rotting or corroding
  • Water pooling around the foundations
  • The basement regularly floods during heavy rainfall or has signs of mildew or mold
  • Lawns or hard landscaping is regularly being eroded or cracked

Last but not least

Apart from the visible signs, you should also pay attention to the behavior of your guttering when it rains. Listen to how the rainfall is flowing through the gutter. If you can hear water hitting the ground then your guttering may be blocked and not able to do their job properly. Over time leaves and other debris can collect in your gutter, but cleaning them is relatively straightforward so it is important to check for blockages regularly. Make sure you have measures in place to be safe, or hire a professional service like Coast to Coast Gutters for that. But if the gutter appears clear and are still not draining properly, this is an indication of a more serious problem and you find the best Kansas City gutter companies and call one immediately.

It may seem obvious but a well-maintained gutter is good for your home. Regular checking and maintenance will help ensure your home remains protected and intact.