Not all heroes wear cape inasmuch as not all heroes are obvious heroes. Rain gutters are considered unsung heroes of every home because they direct rainwater away from your home, keeping your roof and foundation free of standing water. But, like other heroes, rain gutters also need some help and saving, from time to time. And there is no better way to do so than through regular maintenance and sometimes, replacements.
While rain gutter installation or replacement is not something you regularly do, inspection is something that has to be done in a timely manner. Upon inspection, here are some things you need to watch out for to know, as early as possible, the actions you must take towards maintaining your roof and your gutters:
1. Paint peels
They are not only a visual nuisance, but paint peels also tell so much more than just the age of the gutter. They’re one of the most obvious signs you need to replace your gutters. Paint peels commonly occur because of leakage. Due to constant exposure to water and moist, as well as heat and sudden fluctuation in temperatures, the protective layer of the paint becomes brittle and thus peels off easily.
2. Visible cracks
Peeling paints might mean damage and old age, but sometimes, they are also due to low-quality paints. Therefore, a more thorough inspection is necessary. Check for visible cracks and splits in the gutter. The crack might initially seem small, but the next time you check on it without doing any action, the damage would be bigger, spreading fast like a domino. It pays to act fast when there are visible cracks and splits in the gutter system.
3. Mildew and molds
Sometimes, going up the roof to check the gutter is not a priority for a homeowner due to lack of safety and energy, or even the lack of proper tools. If this is the case, it pays to regularly check your basement and attic for any signs of mildew and molds. These two thrive in moist places, which your home should not have if your rain gutter is functioning properly. Once you see mildew and molds, don’t hesitate to immediately seek professional help not only to remove them on your attic or basement but also to fix your gutter.
Go out of your house and walk until you get a full view of your home. Then focus on your gutter. Does it look sagging? If yes, then it is also a sign that you need to replace it. The last thing you want is your gutter falling and causing more damage and accident to your property and family.
5. Old age
Gutters live long, but they do not live forever. If they have crossed the 20-25-year mark, then, perhaps, it’s time for a gutter replacement.
Keep these five points in mind and see how they can help make your regular gutter inspection a lot more productive and easier. Plus, these signs can point you in the right direction — be it a minor gutter repair or extensive replacement.