New York Times best-selling author Karen Marie Moning said:

“Strength wasn’t about being able to do everything alone. Strength was knowing when to ask for help and not being too proud to do it.”

 

Moning probably was not talking about gutters but she was not wrong, either. More often than not, big problems arise when homeowners put off small issues that quickly transition to larger issues with more expensive solutions. And when it comes to the home, particularly your home, acting early can save time, money, patience, and energy for things that make life enjoyable – instead of the things that make life just livable. So before your gutters, doors, windows, and siding get to that “next level” of stress, take a look at the warning signs before the going gets tough.

1. Clogging

Fall is infamous for gutter clogging because of the inherent seasonal changes and leaf downfall. However, the transition between spring and summer is an important one for home maintenance with regard to waste removal. In the same way that we check up on our closets and get rid of clothes we no longer use, our gutters also need tending to.as well. Keeping an eye on clogging as well as overflow so to avoid overwhelming the gutter system. However, if things are looking to be moving in the wrong direction, we provide a gutter cleaning service to alleviate the stress on your gutters from the elements.

2. Cracking

Your pets may not be a big fan of the summer storms but those thunderstorms can be the perfect environment to sit down and relax in. That is until your gutters cease to do their job due to cracking and splitting. While spring showers bring May flowers, the shifts between cold and weather through the winter and fall can be corrosive to old gutters. Much like anything, after standard wear and tear or even out-of-character weather, your gutters may begin to crack or split.

3. Sagging

Many people say that the windows are the eyes of the home and they provide, or detract from, the home’s personality. If the windows are the eyes then the gutters and siding provide amplification of that personality. Gutters and accessory features provide a strong sense of integrity for the exterior of the home. In doing so, when gutters are sagging or pulling away from the roofline or sidewall of your home, they distract from the genuine offering of your home. On top of the aesthetic that gutters yield, gutters’ function is at an all-time low when they are wilting away from the home. To protect your home from the potential harms of gutter leakage and breakage as well as enhance its curb appeal, check up on your gutters’ attachment support.

4. Watermarks

Watermarks are a universal sign for action in the home maintenance world. However, watermarks lining your bathtub require a different solution than watermarks beneath your gutters. Those stains or watermarks resulting on the “belly”, or underside, of your gutters, are warning signs of extended leaking and or dripping from the gutters, which means that they really are not doing their job. These marks can also result in rust and molding if not taken care of in a timely manner.

Watermarks at the spout of the gutter, near the base of the home, can also signal leaking or dripping. In order to avoid these problems, consider solutions like spout extensions. The U.S. Department of Energy has provided spout leakage alternatives like downspouts as well.

 

English poet Geoffrey Chaucer knew what he was talking about with the old adage “better late than never” but we can do him one better with the amendment of “never late is better”… At least as far as home maintenance is concerned. Keeping an eye out for these warning signs can not only help you maximize your home’s worth and productivity but also prevent unforeseen costs and stress as the warm months come around.