Top 4 Signs Your Northwood Home Is in Need of Gutter Repair

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When was the last time your gutters were cleaned? Depending on your answer you may be dealing with extensive water damage and mould growth.

Your gutters direct water from rain and melting snow away from your home. If clogged, they no longer perform this task effectively. Water can then enter your home causing structural damage and even a pest infestation.

It’s easy to overlook this part of your home until an issue arises. However, gutter repair is crucial, especially in the UK where the weather can wreak havoc on your home.

If you haven’t cleaned your gutter in over a year, now is a good time to conduct a thorough inspection. Look for these four signs of gutter damage.

1. Sagging Gutters

Sagging gutters are usually bent, bowed or even cracked. Water overflowing or pooling around your home’s foundation also indicates gutter damage. Some of the major causes of sagging gutters include:

  • Trapped, heavy debris
  • Clogged downspouts
  • Heavy snow or ice dams
  • Improper installation
  • Ill-fitting gutters
  • Deterioration of gutter material

Sagging gutters cause excess water to overflow onto your home’s exterior. It can seep through the walls, basement or the foundation. Cleaning your gutters regularly can help prevent water damage.

2. Water Damage and Staining

Staining and water damage occur from water overflowing when your gutter becomes clogged. This can lead to wood rot and deterioration of your siding. It can also get into your home’s interior.

Look for signs of:

  • Wallpaper or paint damage
  • Warped floors, walls or ceiling
  • Strange noises or dripping
  • Mouldy smells
  • Mould growth

Damage to roof shingles and fascia boards behind the gutters is harder to see. This usually occurs due to stagnant rainwater in a clogged gutter system.

Consider installing a gutter cover or helmet and adding gutter splash guards. These gutter maintenance tips also help prevent clogged gutters.

3. Gutter Detachment

Heavy debris in your gutters for a long time can eventually cause gutter detachment. This can also occur due to:

  • Incorrect installation
  • Strong winds
  • Loose hangers
  • Rotted fascia

This causes water to accumulate leading to water intrusion and structural damage to your home. Detached gutters can also eventually fall, posing a safety hazard.

Secure loose hangers and brackets at the attachment points before this occurs. However, you’ll need an expert for more severe cases. Use gutter cleaning tools to clear debris and help prevent gutter detachment.

4. Rust or Corrosion on Gutters

Rust on gutters is more likely when there’s stagnant water due to a blockage or poor installation. In addition to being unsightly, it can lead to corrosion.

This weakens your gutters making them less effective. If you notice rust spots or orange discolouration call a specialist. You’ll need to repair or replace your gutter.

Finding the Right Gutter Repair Specialists

Sagging, rusting or detached gutters and water damage are four signs you need gutter repair. Clean and inspect your gutter system regularly. This will lessen the likelihood of extreme damage to your home.

Installing home drainage solutions can also help. However, if you already notice signs of damage, you should call an expert.

Maccabees Roofing Contractors Ltd specialises in roof replacements and re-roofing across Hertfordshire. Our extensive experience and exceptional customer service ensure your repairs are done quickly and to the highest standards. Safeguard your home by getting a FREE quote today!

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