Damaged Gutters: 3 Simple Signs You Need Expert Repairs
Damaged gutters can lead to severe problems in your home.
It’s no secret that a well-functioning gutter system is vital for any home. A quality gutter system helps direct water away from your home’s foundation and keep the roof in good condition during a storm. But do you know how to tell if your gutters are damaged?
The professionals at SERVPRO of Barrow County have seen gutters cause some severe problems for homeowners. Here are three signs your gutters are damaged and require repair:
- Overflowing Water
- Roofing damage
- Foundation issues
Keep reading to learn more about each of these gutter damage indicators and what you can do to fix them!
The consequences of not repairing damaged gutters
Before we get into the three signs of gutter damage, we must understand the consequences of not repairing them when they’re not in good working order.
Damaged gutters can cause:
- Water damage to your home’s siding, trim, and other exterior features
- Leaks in your home’s foundation
- Damage to your home’s landscaping
- Flooding in your basement or crawlspace
- Pest infestations
Repairing any of these problems can be more costly than fixing the gutters themselves. That’s why it’s essential to be on the lookout for signs of gutter damage and to have them repaired as soon as possible.
The three signs of damaged gutters
There are many signs of gutter damage, but in our experience, some are more common than others. Here are three signs that you have damaged gutters that require repair:
- Overflowing water
If you notice water overflowing from your gutters, it’s a sign that they’re blocked or damaged. Clogged gutters can’t do their job of directing water away from your home if there’s an obstruction, which can lead to severe problems like flooding and leaks.
- Roofing damage
If you notice that your roof is leaking or that shingles near the edges are falling off, it could be a sign that your gutters are damaged. When gutters are damaged, they can’t correctly direct water away from your roof, leading to leaks and roof damage.
- Foundation issues
If you notice cracks in your foundation, it could be a sign that your gutters are damaged. Damaged gutters can’t correctly direct water away from your home’s walls, leading to foundation cracks.
Preventing gutter damage
There are a few things you can do to prevent gutter damage. First, make sure to keep your gutters clean and free of debris. You can do this yourself or hire a professional to do it for you. We recommend twice a year at a minimum.
Second, inspect your gutters regularly for signs of damage. If you notice any damage, have it repaired as soon as possible.
Finally, make sure to have your gutters serviced by a professional at least once a year. A professional inspection will help ensure they’re in good condition and can adequately do their job.
If you think your home’s gutters are damaged, don’t wait to have them repaired. Damaged gutters can lead to severe water damage problems, so fixing them as soon as possible is essential.
Recover from storm damage with SERVPRO of Barrow County
Taking swift action is essential when it comes to storm damage and damaged gutters. The sooner you start the storm damage restoration process, the less damage your home will sustain. Whenever you need us, the professionals at SERVPRO of Barrow County can help you with all your storm damage needs. Our storm restoration process includes the following:
- Inspection: We’ll inspect your home for storm damage and assess the extent of the damage.
- Estimation: We’ll prepare an insurance estimate so that you can get your home repaired.
- Water removal: We’ll remove all the water from your home using powerful extraction equipment.
- Drying and dehumidification: We’ll use specialized equipment to dry your home and remove any remaining moisture.
- Cleaning and sanitizing: We’ll clean and sanitize your home to remove bacteria or mold.
- Repair and restoration: We’ll repair any damage caused by the water and restore your home to its original condition.
SERVPRO of Barrow County is a locally owned and operated storm restoration company with years of experience in the industry. Contact us today for an inspection! We’re available 24/7 to help you with all your storm damage needs.