Your gutters are intended as a protective part of your home that keeps water, leaves, twigs, and all the other debris that a storm can bring. However, if your gutters are old, incorrectly installed, or just plain clogged, they can actually cause greater harm than help. As a homeowner, there are some visual cues you can key into that may indicate it’s time to call the gutter professionals at LeafGuard of Indiana. We offer free in-home estimates should your gutters require repairing or
Sagging Gutters or Improper Pitch
When they accumulate over time, water, leaves, twigs, and other debris can be surprisingly heavy. This can cause your gutters to begin sagging, pulling away from your home, or even bowing or separating. Taking a quick walk around your home and looking for these areas where your gutters may be sagging can mean it’s time to call the gutter professionals. If you do not take care of your gutters when they sag, they can become completely clogged and fully separate off your home, draining water and other debris in places you would rather them not go.
Visible Water or Mold In the Basement
If your gutters or downspouts are not properly maintained, a large buildup of water can flow back toward your home’s foundation. Most frequently, this will go straight into your basement and home’s foundation. Make a trip to your basement and evaluate for signs of moisture. Examples could include a faint damp smell or visible green or black mold in the basement. While there can be other causes of mold in the basement, your gutters can be a major contributing factor.
Gutters are intended to divert water away from your home. However, if water is flowing improperly from the gutters, it can run over your home’s exterior. Over time, the force and presence of water can cause the paint to peel.
Large Amounts of Water Spillover
The amount of water that comes off your gutters should match the force of the rain outside. If the water spillover seems to be much, much more than you would expect, you likely have a gutter clog somewhere (or several places) in your gutter system.
It’s Been Years Since Your Gutters Were Cleaned
If you cannot recall the last time your gutters were cleaned or serviced because it has been so long, it’s time to call the gutter professionals. Ideally, your gutters should be cleaned anywhere from one to two times per year. Even if a clog is not present, this ensures insects, bacteria, mold, and other unwanted organisms don’t build up in your gutters over time.
If your home is showing one or more signs you should call the gutter professionals, phone
LeafGuard of Indiana at (317) 399-5613.