Learn about some not-so-obvious signs that it is time to replace your gutters.
Some St. Louis home owners wait until the gutters are falling from the soffits before considering having them replaced, but there are signs long before this that it is time to call a St. Louis guttering company.
Inspect the Exterior of Your House
Look at the exterior of your home from time to time and look for signs of mold or peeling paint. This is a sign that water may be running down the sides of your home instead of being directed away from your home and indicate that the gutter has begun to pull away from the roof line. Discoloration of your siding or shingles can be caused by back splash. This occurs when the flow of water through the gutters is being obstructed ,causing them to overflow. Wind then forces the water onto your siding, causing it to lose its color.
Watch what happens to snow and ice on your roof during the winter. If it builds up, there may be blockages that are not allowing the water to flow down as the snow melts. This freezing, thawing, and then refreezing of the water not only causes damage to your gutters but is wreaking havoc on your roof and roof supports.
Inspect the Basement and Foundation
Check your basement for water or cracks in the foundation. Gutters that are not functioning will allow water to pool at the foundation, where it either enters the basement or begins to damage your homes foundation. Take a walk around the exterior of your house in all seasons, rain and shine. This will give you a good indication of how well your gutters are working and if they are in need of being replaced. This is especially helpful while it is raining, as you can actually see if the gutters are leaking.
In addition to looking up at your gutters, look down your downspouts and where the water is flowing. Some home owners neglect to add anything to the ground under the downspout to help deflect the flow of water away from the house. This is an important part of making sure your gutters are working optimally and that your home is being protected.
St. Louis Guttering Company
If you have any questions about your gutters, call a St. Louis guttering company to come out and take a look. They will be able to tell on site how well your gutters are working and if it is time for a replacement. If that is indeed the case, they can go over your options and choices to ensure that your new gutters are not only functional, but also complement the exterior of your home.
Water damage can build up over years without you noticing. In the meantime, expensive damage can happen to your homes foundation, siding, and walls. By doing regular inspections, you can stop this from happening before it gets out of control. Scott-Lee Guttering Company can help you look for the signs of damage, clean the gutters seasonally, and help you choose new gutters when the time is right. Call today at (314) 756-9440.