How To Tell That It Is Time To Replace Your Home’s Gutters

As we often try to make clear here at EP Services, gutters are absolutely essential to the overall wellbeing of your home. Without them, your home would quickly fall prey to a range of serious problems, such as a leaky roof, deteriorating sidings, and a even flooded basement or cracked foundation.

Gutters often get blocked, and should be cleaned at least once or twice a year depending on the context. But what if something worse than a blockage happens? How do you know when it’s actually time to replace your gutter system altogether? Here’s what to look for.

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Serious cracks and leaks.

Even new gutter systems can sometimes fall prey to cracks, particularly if you don’t clean them annually or if, say, a tree branch falls during a storm. The key here is to determine whether these cracks can be repaired, or call for full replacement. Experienced gutter technicians will assess the overall structure of your gutters and downpipes, and determine how likely it is that more cracks will occur.

Generally, more than half a dozen cracks in your gutters suggests that something is seriously wrong.

Stressed seams.


Many (but not all) gutters are installed in sections, which are joined together in seams. These seams often decay before the gutter itself. If you notice leaks or separations between the seams, this will definitely need to be repaired and could indicate a more widespread disintegration in your gutter system.

Peeling or rotting siding.

When gutters leak, it causes rainwater to trickle down the sides of your house. This can sometimes cause problems that you notice before the faulty gutter itself. You might assume that peeling paint or rotting wood siding simply needs to be dealt with on its own, but these can in fact be symptoms of leaking gutters.

Inspect the gutters directly above the problem area for any damage. For a permanent solution, you’ll need to focus your attention on the root cause.

Basement mildew.

One of the main functions of your gutter system is to carry water far enough from your house that it can safely absorb into the ground without causing damage. That’s why downspouts need to extend a certain distance from your walls to be effective.

If your gutters are faulty, one of the first consequences is that water will begin to fall on the ground at the base of your walls. This is more harmful than mere rainfall, because it’s all the water that falls on your roof concentrated in one small perimeter area. This buildup tends to seep into your basement, if you have one. If you notice mould or mildew on the walls or ceiling of your basement, it could be a sign that your gutters aren’t doing their job properly.

If you think your gutters might be in need of replacement, we can help you assess the damage and diagnose the problem. We also offer annual and biannual gutter cleaning on a schedule that works for you. Contact us today for a free assessment and quote anywhere in the Auckland region.

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