How Do I Know When to Replace My Gutters?

August 19, 2014 By

Gutters are an important part of your home. They direct the water away from your home’s exterior (especially the foundation), preventing water from making its way inside. Cleaning your gutters will help lengthen the lifespan of your gutter system, but unfortunately, even the best gutter systems will not last forever.

To have your gutters inspected or for new gutter installation services in Maryland, contact the professionals at Potomac View Energy today at 1-410-795-3110.

Here are a few things to look for when determining if you need to replace your home’s gutter system:

Gutters Clog Often

When a gutter is clogged, the water does not drain properly. The water will start to overflow and pour over the gutter’s edge. Use a ladder to climb up and assess the problem. The problem is usually caused by debris that clogs the drain opening.

If you remove the debris and your gutter is still clogging, you could have a crack in your system or the system was not installed properly. You can test the water flow of your gutters with a water hose. Run the water through the gutter system and watch how the water moves. This is the best way to determine problem areas. There are no-clog gutter options available if you find your current system clogs too often.

Water Damage

If your gutters are not properly draining, you may begin to see water marks or water damage beneath your gutter system. If water pools around your home after a heavy rain your gutters are not draining properly—this can lead to mildew and mold.

Sagging Gutters

Sagging gutters are the easiest way to tell whether or not you need new gutters. When gutters are full of water, they are too heavy and begin to detach from the home. If this is the case, your gutters are full of water and there is either a clog in the system or the gutters not the right size for your home.

Chipped Paint

Gutter paint is designed to withstand typical wear and tear throughout the seasons. If paint is chipping from your gutters or there is rust present, it could mean that there is a buildup of water on a constant basis. Again, this could be due to clogged gutters or cracks in poor installation.

If you notice any of these problems, you may want to consider replacing your gutter system. If you are unsure or cannot do the inspections yourself, contact Potomac View Energy. One of our professionals will come inspect your gutter system and provide a free estimate for gutter replacement.

Call Potomac View Energy today at 1-410-795-3110 for gutter replacement services in Maryland.