If you’ve just moved into a new home and don’t know how old your guttering system is or if the winter has taken its toll it might be time to dust off the old ladder and have a look to see how they’re doing. If you notice any of the following 5 symptoms on your system it’s a sign your gutters aren’t quite up to scratch anymore:
1. Can you see any cracks on your gutters?
Cracks on your guttering system prevent the gutters from doing their job; cracks allow water to pass through and damage your home. Water damage can be costly to put right so make sure your gutters are doing their job.
2. Can you see any areas of clogging?
Gutters are bound to clog every now and then but sometimes clogging can indicate a crack that is collecting debris, improper installation or improper alignment. These can cause severe damage to your roof if not put right so if you suspect your clogging to be more than a few extra leaves call an expert to take a look.
3. Can you see any signs of rust?
Rust on the outside of your system likely indicates rust on the inside too; rusk weakens the structure and, if left untreated, will eventually break and leak, damaging your foundations along with it.
4. Are there any water marks below your gutters?
If you notice a constant wet patch or areas of mildew underneath your gutters they are probably leaking, the best thing to do is to get on the ladder and check for damage to the system, but remember: if in any doubt call in the professionals to do the dirty work.
5. Are they pulling away from your home?
Pulling away is never a good sign; they are either improperly attached to your home or are experiencing excessive clogging and the weight has pulled them away from the edge of your roof, it is a strong indication that they may need replacing.
At Cotswold Rainwater we offer a full domestic guttering service; our experienced team are on hand to offer you expert advice all over the South of England. To get a FREE quotation contact us today on 01865 821 096 or fill in our online contact form and a member of our team will be happy to get back to you.