Get Your Mind In The Gutter: The Early Warning Signs That Your Gutters Need Servicing

Posted on: 17 October 2017

You probably already know that damaged or over-burdened gutters can cause considerable damage to your home -- but do you ever really stop and look at your home's gutters? If not, it's time to get your mind "in the gutter" to watch for these early indicators of gutter problems:

Rusty Bottom

The end of the gutter -- at the very bottom -- is the place where you should look for rust. Rust spots or streaks may show up on the outer part of the gutters but are more likely to appear on the inside. When you see rust at the bottom of the gutters, it's an indicator that the water isn't making it through the gutters, which is most likely the result of a clog. 

Dirty Ends

Streaks and spots of dirt and dust can appear on the exterior part of your gutters. This is evidence that water is overflowing from the gutters on a regular basis. The dirt particles within the water stick to the metal of the gutter with each overflow, eventually leaving more and more streaks and spots.

Peeling Paint 

When your gutters have issues like water overflow, they can leave indicators of this on the home's exterior paint. If the gutters are leaking or gushing water, the paint will often start to peel on the side of the gutter that's closest to the home's exterior walls. Cracking or bubbling of the exterior paint can also occur. 

Mold Growth

If you see mold near the gutters, the chances are high that the gutters are leaking or overflowing. Mold stains can even appear on the inside of the home as a result of gutter problems. When water damages the home's eaves, the boards beneath may begin to rot. Eventually, this damage can spread inside the home, often affecting areas like the attic or the interior walls on the home's upper level. 

Continually Damp Ground

If the ground underneath the gutter is constantly soggy or muddy, there may be a problem with the way that the water is moved through the gutters. While the job of the gutters is to move water and debris away from the home, it should move it away in such a way that the ground doesn't turn into a mud bog. 

If you notice any of the signs above, call your local residential gutters service provider for help. By acting fast when you see these early warning signs, you may be able to prevent a much more pricey repair in the future.