How to Tell When Gutters Need to Be Replaced

For more than 30 years, Charles Goodman has been the president of Discount Builder’s Supply, San Francisco’s largest independent hardware store. Charlie Goodman is committed to ensuring residents of San Francisco find the materials for any job around the house, including gutter maintenance.

Gutters may seem like a fairly minor part of the home, but they do a lot in terms of protecting the building from water damage. If gutters are maintained properly and regularly cleaned, they can last for several years, but eventually gutters must be replaced. A major sign that it is time to replace gutters water leakage from the joints. While this can sometimes be fixed without replacing the entire gutter, most of the time the gutters are too deteriorated to properly repair. Another sign that gutters need replacing is water just sitting in the gutter. This means there is a draining problem that may be irreparable.

Sagging gutters or gutters that hang low around the house are typically too old to be securely reattached. This sign is easier to catch since it does not rely on rainwater. and it alerts homeowners to the problem before water starts pooling around the home’s foundation. Severely cracked or dented gutters should also be replaced because they disrupt the flow of the water as it drains.

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