4/28/2021 4:34:00 PM Signs your gutters are in need of repair
Spring time in Florida is a great time to tackle projects around the house. The weather each spring allows homeowners to make improvements to their homes’ exteriors without worrying about extreme heat of summer, while interior projects like painting can be completed in the air conditioning. Spring also marks a great time to prepare for upcoming projects that can make summer work that much easier. For example, spring is a great time to take stock of your gutters so you can address any issues before summer rains and after the oak trees have lost their leaves. Compromised gutters can contribute to water issues around the foundation, thus adversely affecting a home’s foundation if not addressed immediately. It behooves homeowners to learn the signs that gutters are in need of repair or replacement. • Gutters hanging off the home: Gutters were once installed predominantly with spikes. However, many industry professionals now install gutters with hanger brackets. Why the change? Spikes loosen over time, leading to the gutters hanging off the home. That can contribute to serious issues if left untreated. Gutters hanging off the home need not necessarily be replaced, but rather secured to the home, ideally with hanger brackets instead of spikes. Brackets hook into the front of the gutter and are then screwed into the fascia of a home. A professional who specializes in gutter repair can perform this task relatively quickly, and it’s an inexpensive yet highly effective solution. • Gutter separation: Gutters that are no longer fastened together can leak and contribute to issues that affect the home’s foundation, siding and appearance. Clogs and the accumulation of debris can cause gutters to separate because they are not designed to hold too much weight. Replacement of separated gutters may or may not be necessary depending on how big the problem is and the condition of the existing gutters. If replacement is not necessary, separated gutters may be remedied by securing the joints, another relatively simple and inexpensive fix. • Peeling exterior paint: Paint that appears to be peeling off of your home may indicate that water is seeping over the edge of the gutter closest to your home. When that happens, water is coming down the side of the house, causing the paint to peel. In such instances, replacing the gutters is often necessary. • Flooding around the foundation: Many a homeowner has been flummoxed by flooding around their foundation, and such flooding can be caused by aging, ineffective gutters. That’s because deteriorating gutters sometimes allow water to pool around the foundation of a home. Spring is an ideal time to inspect gutters and have any issues fixed before summer rains and torpical storms arrive.