Do My Rain Gutters Need a Repair? Signs that Show Your Rain Gutters Need Some Love
February 01, 2016
Is your home's structure incurring severe water damage? Your house may need rain gutter repair
! Unfortunately, over time, your home's rain gutters and downspouts can fail critically for a myriad of reasons. And, if left unattended, these can cause severe water damage to your house and its foundation. There are a number of signs that show your rain gutters need some love. Luckily, thanks to our years of expertise, we can help you easily identify these signs!
We've come up with a short list of signs that show your rain gutters need repair – before it's too late! Take a look:
Sign #1: Sagging Rain Gutters
Rain gutters become extremely heavy when they are full of water. When this happens, the ones made of flexible materials such as vinyl, aluminum and galvanized steel may sag, bend, and their hangers may loosen. If this takes place, they cease to efficiently drain rainwater, letting water pool alongside their lengths. Of course, this issue just worsens the problem, making them much heavier and thus, enabling even more sagging.
Do you want to determine once and for all if your rain gutters sag? Just check for water marks along the inner sides of the gutters, or signs of standing water. If you have a level, you can easily check the slope. Keep in mind that rain gutters should only drop about 1/4 inch per 10 feet of run towards the downspouts. Are your rain gutters sagging? We can repair them!
Sign #2: Overflowing Rain Gutters
If you have overflowing rain gutters, this can present serious issues to your home's foundation and walls. Do your rain gutters usually overflow during heavy rains? There are three factors that explain this. Either the downspouts and rain gutters are not large enough to manage the volume of rain, the rain gutters and downspouts are clogged, or the rain gutters are sagging, preventing water from reaching the downspouts.
In most cases, rain gutters overflow because debris and leaves are clogging them, creating dams that stop water from flowing to the outlets found above the downspouts. As a matter of fact, these clogs usually occur right at the outlets. Whenever this is the case, it's time to have us clean out the rain gutters.
Rain gutters that sag are a different problem—and, the more they get filled up with water, the more likely they are to sag because they get extremely heavy when full. If the rain gutters overflow, but are not sagging or clogged, you will probably need to have us install new downspouts and gutters.
Sign #3: Leaking Rain Gutters
Do you want to know if you have leaking rain gutters? The prime suspects of leaking rain gutters are the joints between each gutter section. Standing water in rain gutters will seep through the seams in aluminum rain gutters or rust galvanized steel seams over time. If you don't want this to happen at home, it's crucial that you check for signs of sagging and standing water. If it turns out that you do have leaking rain gutters, have us repair them!
We hope this information comes in handy. Do you see any of these signs in your own house? As you can see, it's important to take care of your rain gutters before it's too late! For any questions or inquiries, you can always contact us. We provide unparalleled unclogging, repairing, and cleaning services to make your rain gutters last longer. With over 20 years of experience in South Florida's custom rain gutter business, we are sure to meet all your rain gutter needs. Fill out the form below to schedule your next repair today!