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How do you know if your gutters need repair?

Author: Cathi Thinsley
by Cathi Thinsley
Posted: Oct 19, 2020
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Gutters protect your home from rain, siding, roof elements such as soffits and fascia, and even from the foundation and landscaping of your home. However, any roofer will tell you that there are certain indications that you need to look for that your gutter system needs repair. However, this doesn't mean you can do it yourself; climbing a ladder to get to your gutters not only takes time, but it is also risky.

Here are the following signs to note if your gutters need repair:

Cracks and corrosion

Cracks and corrosion are one of the signs to note that your gutter needs repair, seeing decay and dents on your roof is clear evidence that its integrity has been compromised. Cracks and corrosion eventually lead to leaks and ultimately water damage. It can cost you more in the long run if you neglect it.


If you notice a significant drop in your aligner alignment, it is a signal for immediate repair. The best way to deal with this is to contact a gutter company. Sagging gutters can lead to blockages and, worse, leaks if not corrected immediately.


If leaks are staining your ceiling, it's probably too late. The roof is already damaged. The common culprit is a clogged gutter system that forces water to overflow into vulnerable parts of the roof. Getting your gutters checked, especially if they are the root cause of the leaks, can prevent the problem from getting out of hand.

Coating damage

The discoloration of the coating could be due to your gutter spreading along your walls. Chipped paint and rotten foundations may have been caused by an ineffective gutter that needs to be repaired. Leaving it alone can cause your siding to lose its shine and expose its vulnerable exterior even more.

Overflowing gutters

Overflowing gutters are very common. This happens when your gutters (or downspouts) are clogged with debris such as leaves. A clogged gutter doesn't necessarily mean it needs fixing, but rather it means it needs cleaning. Typically, in heavy rain, you will see signs of a clogged gutter or clogged downspout when the rainwater drains from the side.

A clogged gutter or downspout is often easy to repair. Sometimes the leaves are just above the existing hole in the gutter. However, if enough time has passed since then and more leaves and snow and water have pushed dirt into the downspout, the downspout may also need cleaning.

Another reason for an overflowing gutter is when the slope (angle) is insufficient. A perfectly aligned gutter will not drain properly. The angle of the gutter should be a little less at the end where it drains into the downspout.


Problems can arise when your gutters and downspouts are not working properly, this is why it is important to know when your gutters need repair. Regular maintenance of gutters and downspouts is essential. Leaves, branches, and other foreign objects can get into your gutters unless you have a gutter protector. If you don't have a gutter protector, every fall or winter you should at least remove leaves and twigs from your gutters and do a quick soil check for the signs above. If any of the above signs indicate your gutters need repair, contact Gutter Repair Dublin to get a free consultation.

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