Are Your Gutters Leaking?

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Rain Gutters are very important because – although they are simple and inexpensive – they protect more valuable home assets, like the roof, foundation and windows. Caring for and cleaning gutters is an easy way to protect your home from damages.

And it’s really much easier than you might think.

Spotting a gutter leak early can protect your entire house. Here, we’ve provided a few indicators that you can look for (without calling a roofer) to determine if you have a gutter leaking.

How to Identify a Gutter Leak

There are a number of warning signs that indicate a leaking gutter, even if you don’t actually see water dripping. You can do a visual inspection from the lawn to determine if the signs of a gutter leak are there.

Here’s what to look for:

Visible Flaws – When the gutters pull away from the house, it stresses the fasteners. Cracks can be the result of poor installation, poor quality materials, damage or general wear and tear. Cracks in the gutter or seeing any section of them pulling away from the home might not cause a leak just yet, but will ultimately result in issues. Having these defects fixed is affordable than installing new gutters or any of the damages a leak can cause.

Pooling – If rain is pooling around your home, it’s a sign that a gutter leak is present. You should also check underground pipes, water spigots and any water source that is close to your house, just to be sure.

Pooling water near your house can be very harmful for the foundation. It’s also bad for landscaping and could cause windows to leak.

Drips – One of the most visible signs of a leaking gutter is a drip, or several drips.

A drip from your rain gutter could indicate a clog, but if it’s coming from the bottom and it isn’t a big overflow, there is a hidden leak somewhere. These tiny leaks will occur if a fastener has become loose (see the next item below).

Visible Fasteners – Seeing nails and screws wiggling their way out of the rain gutters means a leak will begin soon, if it hasn’t already. The area where the nail or screw fits in becomes a new area where water can get out if the fastener starts to fall out.

Sometimes the answer is as easy as tightening them, but it can also be necessary to cover the hole so no water can leak from around the screw or nail, even after it is tightened again. You can buy this sealant, or let a gutter repair company put it on.

Water Stains or Rust – Water leaves evidence behind, especially when it is consistently or frequently there. Darker water stains appear because dirt and other organic materials adhere to the wet surface better than it would a dry one.

Rust is the result of nearly constant moisture, and the more severe sign you’ll notice after you see water stains. Most water stains can be cleaned and the gutters repaired, but if gutters are rusty, they definitely need to be repaired or be replaced.

Unexplained Home Damage – If there hasn’t recently been a severe storm, and you haven’t had a tree limb fall on your roof, but you’re starting to notice paint flaking, cracking in the foundation or walkways, decaying wood on your patio or deck, or mold on your window sills, you may have a gutter leak.

These are all indications that water has been leaking from a place it shouldn’t. They also go hand in hand with older building materials, so all factors should be factored in when inspecting gutters for leaks.

Other gutter issues…

Not every gutter issue leads to home repairs. If you see these common gutter issues, a leak may not be the issue.

Rain Overflow – This issue is a pretty simple fix. It’s likely not a gutter leak, but a clog that should be cleaned out. You can do this or hire a Greenville gutter cleaning company – even a general handyman – to clean out the gutters.

Animal Nests – A small bird, squirrel, chipmunk or another pest can quickly build a nest in your gutters or in your downspout, which will also cause overflow. Once the nest has been there a while, you will start to see some of the above signs of leaks – like rust or puddling – if you don’t get rid of it.

Trees & Plants – A tree can take root in your rain gutter with small amounts of debris present. While it may be small now, a sapling will sprout strong roots that can destroy aluminum gutters before you know it.

Professional Gutter Repair

Any of these obvious signs indicate there are issues with your rain gutter that need to be addressed immediately. By checking your gutters and downspouts, you can see if there’s a reason for concern.

This is where a gutter service in Greenville can be helpful. They can distinguish if gutter replacement is necessary or if you can get by with repairs to extend the lifetime of your home’s gutters. Sometimes, gutter cleaning is all that’s needed.

Homeowners can choose to do simple gutter care, like gutter cleaning, on their own. Although it is time consuming and sometimes dangerous, they are eager to take on the project a couple of times each year to save a little money.

However, any job beyond basic gutter cleaning is best left to the professionals.

Start by hiring a gutter service with excellent customer reviews like Greenville Gutter Solutions. Then let us do a full inspection to accurately diagnose the issue. We provide free inspections for potential customers.

If there are any gutter repairs to be made, or if we feel that it’s time to install new gutters, you can trust us to get the job done. Our gutter repair service will save you a lot of time and trouble in the long run!