4 Gutter Warning Signs

By Robert Robillard on Exterior Repairs

Gutters are easy to overlook. Unless your gutters are completely covered from head-to-toe in rust, you probably don’t think about needing to replace them. However, neglecting your gutters when they need to be replaced can cause severe damage to your home.

Water that is not properly channeled by your gutters can damage your ceilings, walls, and basement, among other things. Water takes whatever the path of least resistance is and can damage your home in a myriad of ways once it’s allowed to enter. So, how do you stop the water in its tracks and know when it’s time to get some new gutters?

Here are 4 Gutter Warning Signs to watch out for:

1. Chipped Paint

If the paint on your gutters is beginning to chip, it could be a sign that water is leaking inappropriately. Chipped paint isn’t always a telltale sign of gutter problems, but it’s not something you should ignore. When you see chipped paint, carefully inspect your gutters for any leaks or other issues.

2. Rust

This one’s probably pretty obvious. However, even a few speckles of rust on your gutters can indicate that it’s time to change them out. So, inspect your gutters closely for any signs of rust. Just a little bit of rust on the outside of your gutters could mean a lot of rust on the inside. Rust will literally eat your gutters, causing cracks and water leaks.

3. Clogs

If you notice that your gutters aren’t draining water properly or at all, it could be a sign of serious trouble. Clogs can cause your gutters to burst and cause unwanted water to maliciously enter your home. If you think your gutters might be clogged, you should take action as soon as possible to either unclog them or replace them.

4. Gaps

If there are any gaps between your roof and your gutters, beware. You either need to patch these gaps up or you need to replace your gutters. Gaps can cause water to leak down behind the gutters, which can result in dry rot and the eventual detachment of gutters.

So, make an effort to check up on your gutters every once in a while. And if you notice any of the warning signs above, it’s time to take a closer look at your gutters. Replacing them may cost you a little now but could save you a lot in the future, if you’re able to successfully prevent water damage.

About the Author: Ryan is an online content writer who mostly writes about real estate, home construction, and remodeling. In her spare time, she keeps track of real estate Austin Texas trends.


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Robert Robillard

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Rob Robillard is “The Concord Carpenter” Rob is a builder, general contractor, carpenter, woodworker, and editor of Concord Carpenter and ToolBoxBuzz As a General Contractor and carpenter, Rob owns and operates Concord Carpenter LLC. A full-service remodeling and construction company. Rob is a recognized leader in home building best practices and a source for how-to information for building professionals. On this website, Rob covers all aspects of home construction, building science, home improvement, woodworking, remodeling, and some of the best product and tool reviews. Rob is in charge of our Tool and Product Review series - Concord Carpenter Videos where we post all of our tool reviews and video tutorials. Rob approaches remodeling and building construction with a pragmatic and problem-solving approach. He enjoys using his knowledge and experience to help and educate building professionals as well as DIYers on best practices in the construction and remodeling industry. He's a strong advocate for "raising the bar" in the construction trades and promoting the trades to youth. #BeAMentor #Green2Great Craftsmanship, quality, and pride guide his journey on this channel The Concord Carpenter's motto: "Well done is better than well said!" : Read more about Rob

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