It is common to forget about the rain gutters on your home until the water is streaming down onto your face while trying to unlock the front door. It is important to keep in mind that gutters are not there to prevent you from getting wet; their actual purpose is to divert water from the foundation of your home. Rain or melted snow that simply flows off the roof to the ground near the foundation will eventually cause problems with the structure of your home. To avoid this, make sure that you inspect the gutters regularly. You can do this when it is not raining.
The troughs of the gutters need to be flush against the roof to catch the water as it flows down the slope. If you notice spots where they are pulled away or sagging down, contact professionals to come and repair the sections.
Rust or Holes
Older gutters may have some rusty areas, especially where two pieces are connected or around the pieces holding the gutter to the roof. A bit of rust may be okay, but it is best to have it repaired before it eats through the trough, leaving a hole where water will flow out to collect at the foundation.
Nails and Debris on the Ground
Nails, pieces of roofing, and a pile of wet leaves on the ground often mean the gutter is clogged. As the rain or melted snow flows from the roof to the gutters, it drags along loose nails and roofing pieces along with any other debris. If the gutter is clogged, all of the debris washes over the top with the water and ends up on the ground. You may be able to clear the clog, but it is always a good idea to have a professional come inspect the entire system to make sure there is not a bigger problem.
You may think having your gutters inspected, repaired, or replaced is a pain in the neck and an unwarranted expense. However, if left alone, a small problem can turn into something major. When there is any type of gutter problem, you will save a lot of money by getting it repaired as soon as possible. Even if you need to have the whole set replaced it is going to cost a lot less than what it would cost to have the foundation of your home repaired. If the foundation had enough damage to create structural problems with the walls and floors of the house, you are in for a huge repair bill.
Contact a company like Mile High Seamless Gutters to learn more about gutter repair.