Yep, that’s a gutter failure.
You don’t usually think about your gutter system before it fails. But you should: keeping a sharp eye out can often mean the difference between fixing minor gutter problems and repairing the entire system, or worse, repairing the damage a failing gutter system can do to your home. This is especially true in New England, where gutter systems take a lot of abuse. So keep an eye out for the following warning signs.
Holes in Gutter
If your gutters have holes in them, they need to be replaced immediately. Holes are the absolute worst sign of failure in your gutter system and you are risking serious damage to your home if you don’t get them replaced.
Crushing or Smashing of Gutter
Unfortunately, if a tree knocks out your gutter and distorts it significantly, or if the wind rips off your gutter system during a storm, it’s going to be cheaper to replace the gutter than it is to try and fix it. Even relatively soft metals like aluminum will be difficult at best to restore to their proper function, and are simply better recycled and replaced than restored.
Not all gutters will rust; for example, aluminum and stainless steel systems can take far more abuse than other gutter systems. But many will react to water and the elements with the paint wearing through; soon you’ll see spots of rust. You may be able to remove these with a wire brush and a new coat of paint if you catch them early enough, but otherwise, you’ll need to replace that section of gutter as soon as possible.
Gutter systems, even seamless gutters, will have at least a few welds in them in order to make the system a cohesive whole. Unfortunately, the welds are also usually where the gutters begin to give way, as they’re the weakest points in the system. Look closely for welds that are beginning to come apart or are otherwise showing damage. It may be possible to weld the seams back together, but that will depend heavily on other factors. If the welds can’t be replaced, the rest of the system will fail soon after.
Gutters need to have a slight slope to them in order to work: about a quarter of an inch sloped towards the downspout for every ten feet of gutter is the industry standard. However, clogs and other problems can leave water sitting in the gutter over time, and as the weight of the water settles into the system, it can begin to sag. This is not only problematic in the short term; sagging can essentially leave water standing in your gutter, causing further damage and allowing insect life (such as mosquitoes) to use your home as a base to make your life miserable.
If you need gutters replaced, repaired, or just given a yearly check-up, Moonworks offers some of the best gutter expertise in the Rhode Island and Massachusetts area. Remember, if your gutter system fails, your home could see mold, rotten siding, basement flooding, and a whole host of other difficult-to-repair problems. So, don’t put it off: Schedule a Gutter Helmet estimate now by contacting us at 1-800-975-6666 or filling out our online form.