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Early Signs of Gutter Problems

October 13, 2023
Thaddeus Ducker
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3 minutes

For many homeowners, gutters are usually “out of sight, out of mind.” Unfortunately, this can lead to bigger problems down the road as your gutters work to protect your entire home from costly water damage. As a homeowner, it’s important to be vigilant when it comes to your gutter’s maintenance and recognize the early signs of gutter problems. Here are some signs of gutter problems that may warrant repairing or replacing your gutters sooner than you may think.

Peeling Paint

If you’ve noticed water trickling down the side of your home and causing paint to peel, this may be an indication your gutter system has holes, cracks, or gaps, or that your gutters are clogged.

When left neglected, holes in your gutters can lead to significant damage, causing costly issues like siding and foundation problems. While some holes can be filled with sealant, others may require all new gutters. A gutter professional will be able to make recommendations for your specific situation.

Peeling exterior paint can also be an indication your gutters are clogged with debris. Over time, your gutters can fill with leaves and debris, causing water to run over the edge of your gutter and down the side of your home.

Sagging or Separated Gutters

Have you noticed your gutters sagging lately? This may be a sign your gutter’s fastener’s are broken. Fasteners are the metal that hold your gutter to your roof and keep it level. In many cases, you’ll be able to repair the broken fasteners, however, if the problem persists, the gutters may be filled with debris and clogging over time.

Gutters Pulling Away from the Roof

Another potential problem from defective fasteners and clogged gutters are that your gutters will pull away from your home. This can be an indication that your fascia board is rotting. When your gutters don’t work effectively, water can seep into your home’s fascia board and rot over time. If you suspect thisis occurring at your home, you may need to have someone come out and replace your home’s fascia board.

Along with having defective fasteners, your gutters pulling away from your roof can also be a sign that debris has piled up in your gutters, causing water to run down your siding or your gutters pull away from the fascia.

Eroded Landscaping and Flooded Basements

Have you noticed pools of water in your landscaping or your basement flooding on a consistent basis? These are two signs that your gutters aren’t working correctly. When your gutters fail, it can cause water to get into places it shouldn’t, like your flower beds and basement. This can be a sign of a few different issues from holes and leaks to clogged gutters.

Water Overshooting from your Gutters

When water overshoots from your gutters, this is a sign your gutters are clogged. When your gutters become clogged with leaves and debris, water will have no where to go, and can overshoot your gutters and pour onto the ground below. Keeping your gutters clear and clog-free should prevent water from overshooting.

Protected Gutters from LeafFilter Gutter Protection

Many gutter issues result from clogged gutters. Fortunately, there is a solution to clogged gutters. LeafFilter Gutter Protection installs on your existing gutters and eliminates gutter cleaning for life while protected your gutters from damaging debris. Our patented protection system is a tested and permanent solution to the damage caused by clogged gutters. See how LeafFilter maintains clog-free gutters.

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