As a water management system, your gutters are responsible for carrying water away from your home. In doing so, they prevent water damage and a long list of other issues. Unfortunately, gutters do not always work optimally.
Here are ten signs that your gutters are in need of a bit of TLC:
- Tiger Stripes: Tiger stripes occur when your gutter system overflows, allowing the dirt, debris, and water to wash over the sides of the gutters. When this happens, the overflow creates vertical stripes on the outside of your gutters.
- Rust: Rust develops when your gutters are subjected to standing water. Most frequently, this is due to a clog that keeps the water from properly flowing away from your home.
- Stained Eaves: When water overflows out of your gutters, it sloshes over the front and back of the gutter system. For this reason, stained eaves often accompany tiger stripes.
- Sagging or Loose Gutters: When your gutters aren’t properly pitched or attached, they cannot manage the flow of water away from your home.
- Unused Downspouts: If your downspouts aren’t creating a bit of erosion or do not show any signs of water, then your gutter system is probably not getting the water into the downspouts as it should.
- Pooled Water: When water flows over the sides of your gutters it often accumulates around your home.
- Ice: In the same way that pooled water occurs, ice can form around your home after water overflows out of your gutter system.
- Mold and Peeling Paint: Water damage can cause paint to bubble and peel. Additionally, moist surfaces encourage the growth of mold and mildew.
- Mold inside Your Home: If water damage is left long enough, mold can infiltrate your home.
Stains at the Bottom of Your Home’s Exterior: When water overflows, it often hits the ground with enough force to splash dirt, mulch, and other debris onto the exterior of your home.