The rain gutters of your home play an important role in protecting your home from water damage by transporting rainwater away from your home's foundation. If your rain gutters are clogged up, broken or no longer functioning, then water buildup around the home will eventually lead to cracks and leaks from extensive water pressure. Rain water is one of the causes for repairs on a home's foundation, which is tedious and expensive. To save you from the trouble we are going to point out certain things to watch for that help determine when you need to replace your rain gutter system.
Splits, Rust and Holes
When the weather changes radically and your home area is taking on heavy rainfall then you are likely to experience constant dripping and water damage when your rain gutters have splits, holes, or rust. If you are frustrated with your gutter system and you are constantly treating them for fractures and rust then it may be time to get in touch with a rain gutter specialist in Los Angeles to remove and upgrade with seamless rain gutter installation.
The pieces of metal or plastic that keep your gutter system intact are likely to experience breakage from wear and tear. They are fastened to ensure that the gutter is level to ensure that water flows properly to the downspout. Over the years we have come across a great amount of clients who say it has been years since they have changed these fasteners which is likely the result of gutter buckling from continued use without maintenance.
If you notice nails, screws or fastening devices on the ground around the perimeter of your home then it is likely to be from your rain gutter system. Call a rain gutter specialist to determine your plan of action for repairs and replacement.
Fall and winter are usually the months where you see pools of standing water form in your untreated gutter systems. Standing water is due to unwanted debris and junk clogging up normal flow of waterways in your gutters which is why it is important to ensure your gutter is not backed up by foreign objects. If a simple washing does not do the trick then it is time to consider rain gutter replacement.
Mold and Mildew Spots
We know that mold growth is something no one wishes for, and old rain gutters cannot always prevent from leaking with constant use. If you see mold or mildew spots below your gutters then it may be time to think about a replacement rain gutter system.
If damp spots and water damage seep into the home then health issues may arise. According to the EPA, molds produce allergens, irritants and potentially toxic substances. Those who are likely to suffer from allergies may also be sensitive to mold spores and develop a reaction by inhaling or touching mold. Reactions to mold can be immediate or delayed, but they are likely to cause reactions such as:
Sneezing, runny nose and fever
Trigger asthma attacks
Irritation of eyes, nose, throat and lungs
Understanding when your rain gutter system has taken a beating can help you conserve additional costs of repairs to your home's foundation, as well as maintaining a healthy environment for your loved ones. If washing or repairs do not do the job then your rain gutter system may need a replacement. Our seamless rain gutter installation systems are built to last, so if you are in need of a new rain gutter system, call our specialists to get a free quote on your Los Angeles rain gutter installation.