Your eavestroughs play a vital role in your home’s drainage system. If they’re not functioning correctly, you could end up with water damage to your home. This can add to your maintenance and repair costs. It can also lead to physical injuries to someone in the house. Hence, you need to have them replaced immediately. Here are seven signs that it might be time to replace your eavestroughs.
If you see minimal dripping or leaking, the eavestroughs are fine. But if you notice water pouring downward rapidly and in large quantities, it’s time to call in a professional and get them replaced.
If your eavestroughs are full of debris and leaves, it can lead to clogging. The cost and time required to clean them can vary depending upon the severity of the clog. However, if there is extensive clogging, replacing the eavestroughs entirely is better than cleaning them.
The seams of the eavestrough get damaged as they begin to bend and separate over the years due to being exposed to ice, rain and snow. This reduces the working capabilities of the eavestrough and can lead to other issues. If you notice damage, such as bends and separation, it is a sign that you need to replace your eavestroughs.
If the eavestroughs appear to be bent, separated from the roofline, and sagging towards the ground, it clearly indicates that they need to be replaced soon. Otherwise, there are chances that the eavestrough and the gutter system will fall off entirely later.
The gutter system is attached to the roof and other home areas with fasteners. They are made using metal. As metal ages, it rusts, which causes the fasteners to lose their grip and fall off. Eventually, the eavestroughs will pull away from the house. So, if you happen to spot loose, broken or missing fasteners, get your eavestroughs replaced right away!
Small cracks in your eavestrough can become common due to regular wear and tear and are not a big issue. However, if they become prominent, they can damage your gutter system beyond repair. In such cases, you might need to replace the damaged portion or the entire eavestrough.
Eroding metal, in the form of rust, is one of the clear indicators that your gutter system needs to be replaced. Rust spots can compromise the eavestrough’s integrity and hamper its functionality. The system might even break and fall off to the point of rust.
We hope this blog will help identify signs in your eavestrough system and determine whether they need to be replaced. If you are still unsure and need professional guidance in identifying and replacing damaged eavestroughs, contact MCM Home Exteriors.