Here in South Carolina, we get a decent amount of rain – which is why it’s essential to have gutters that are in good shape. Gutters play an important role in protecting your home from water damage. They not only carry water away from your roof and siding, but they also keep water away from your home’s foundation.
If your gutters aren’t up to standards, you could end up paying hundreds of dollars in water damage repairs, so take a minute to make sure yours are in good shape. Look for these signs:
Wait until a heavy rain passes, then step outside and look at the underside of your gutters. Are they dry? If they’re not, they likely have a leak, which means they’re not doing their job. Whether it’s a crack or a hole, your leaking gutters mean potential problems for the future.
Over time, continuous heavy precipitation can take a toll on your gutters and they may start to sag or pull away from your home. While it may seem like they’re still carrying water away from your home, gutters that aren’t rigid and close to your roof have the potential to get worse. Don’t let that happen. If you’re in need of a new gutter protection system, give us a call today.
A Bare Basement
A good way to tell if your gutters are safely carrying water away from your home’s foundation is to check your basement on a regular basis. If you find signs of mold or mildew along the walls, it’s likely that your gutters aren’t carrying the water far enough away and that water is slowly seeping into your foundation. This can be a big problem, as your foundation is what supports your entire home.
Your gutters are what protect your roofing system from excess water, so a good way to tell if they’re doing their job is to look at your shingles. If your shingles are missing or are curled up at the ends, your gutters may be clogged and compromising your roof’s integrity.
Quality Side Areas
If your gutters are in bad shape, they’re likely leaking down the sides of your home. Take a good look at the inside and outside of your home’s sides. If you find any peeling paint, rotting pieces of wood (like your window sill or door jambs), or mold or mildew growth, you likely have a gutter problem and may need a new gutter protection system.
No Standing Water
After a heavy rain, get out your ladder and look at the inside of your gutters in various places. If you see any pools of standing water, it means that your gutters aren’t angled enough in order to drain the precipitation. Standing water can lead to rust and stains that can shorten the lifespan of your gutters.
If you notice any of these problems with your gutters, give our home remodel experts a call today. We can give you more information about our gutter protection system and how it can help you preserve your home’s integrity.