August 06, 2018
#1 Stagnant WaterIf you observe stagnant water near the downspout's outlet, it means that something is going wrong in your drainage system. This pooled water can easily reach your house' foundations causing serious structural issues to your property. Downspouts are important elements of your rain gutter system since they carry rainwater coming down from the gutters to a specific spot on the ground, away from your property; but when they are damaged, they start delivering the water in the wrong place, producing flooding in your garden. This kind of signs requires immediate attention to avoid situations like the structural instability of your house' foundations and thus, the risk that it represents for your family.
#2 Rotting FasciaThe fascia creates a Surface along the edge of the roof, making a barrier against rainwater precipitation, and protecting the house from severe weather conditions. It also covers gaps between the roof and the walls keeping rodents out of your property. When your rain gutters overflow, fascia is affected by this constant excess of water and hence, it will rot in no time, especially if you have a wooden fascia. So, if you have seen this sign in your house, it's time to renew your rain gutters and this way you don't have to go throughout a time-consuming and costly process as it is replacing your roof fascia.
#3 Messy FacadeWalls stained by the mud splashed against your home's siding create a sloppy appearance of your property, this can be a bad sign of the inappropriate functioning of your rain gutter system. When this occurs, the most common reason is the overflow of your gutters caused by a clog and it needs to be repaired as soon as possible. Remember that having an attractive home's curb appeal add value to your property and for this, it is vital that you keep your rain gutter system properly working, so you won't have to deal with leaking gutters that make your house' landscape looks dirty or neglected.
#4 Sagging GuttersWhen the rainy season starts, your gutters become very heavy because of the rainwater's weight, and when this happens, gutters made of materials like vinyl, aluminum or galvanized steel may sag, bend or their hangers can loosen. If this occurs, your gutters stop working properly and rainwater pools alongside their lengths. This stagnant water will worsen the problem, adding more weight and hence, will cause more sagging. So, don't ignore this sign and look for professionals as soon as possible to find the best solution, either repair your gutters or replace them.
#5 Overflowing GuttersHaving overflowing rain gutters is a serious problem that can cause important damages to your property. There are three possible reasons for this, either your gutters are not long enough to manage the volume of rainwater, your gutters and/or downspout are clogged, or your gutters are sagging, and this doesn't allow water to reach the downspout. To identify the cause of the overflowing, it is advisable that professionals in the field make an assessment, so they can give you a diagnose and then, proceed with an action plan.
#6 PestsWhen your rain gutters present pooled water, they become a perfect breeding ground for mosquitoes and other pests, making difficult to enjoy your outdoors. There are other animals that make your gutters a home like birds, mice, possums, and even snakes! Make sure that your gutters don't have any pests clogging them, so water can flow freely away from your home.
#7 Cracks and HolesIf you notice small cracks and holes along your rain gutters, don't ignore them! If not attended, they will enlarge over time and as consequence you will have a leaky drainage system, letting water to flow down your siding, front door, or driveway which represents a risk for you and your family since these areas will be continuously slippery. If you are dealing with this issue, your gutters may need an extensive repair or replacement of damaged sections.