2 Clues That Your Gutters Are Failing

Gutters are one of the most important forms of defense against costly water damage. Yet many people fail to give their gutters proper consideration until it's too late. If you would like to improve your knowledge of basic home maintenance, read on. This article will teach you how to recognize two key warning signs that your gutters may be nearing the end of their lifespan.

There are cracks on the underside of your gutters.

Cracks are perhaps the most common type of gutter failure. Thankfully, they're also fairly easy to diagnose. All you need is a decent pair of binoculars. Use these to take a good hard look at the underside of the gutters all the way around your house. Moderate to severe cracks should be easy to spot.

Smaller cracks, however, are not always so simple to detect. In fact, when the weather is dry, you may not be able to spot them with even the most high powered binoculars. Instead, perform the same inspection during the next rainstorm, keeping your eyes peeled for any drips. If you don't want to wait, you can simulate precipitation by running a garden hose up to the gutter.

Once you've identified a crack, you'll want to repair it with roofing cement. Fixing a few isolated cracks may be enough to restore your gutters to a water tight state. Yet it's important to be aware that cracks may also be a sign of old age, meaning you may soon find yourself with too many of them to properly address with roofing cement. In that case, springing for new gutters, from Unique Gutters & Exteriors gutters, may be deemed a more appropriate option.

Your exterior paint is showing signs of mysterious wear.

It's simply not always possible to spot every crack or catch every leak in the act. For that reason, it's good to pay attention to the state of the paint on the outside of your house. You see, the result of many gutter leaks is excess water running down along the walls of your house. And this water has a nasty habit of hurting your paint as time goes on.

Be on the lookout for such paint problems as bubbling, peeling, and flaking. Likewise, pay attention to any damp patches you happen to notice in the hours--or even days--after a rainstorm. Once you've identified a potential problem area, be sure to give the gutter above it a thorough inspection. Chances are you'll manage to identify a crack or two in that way.