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Is It Time to Replace Your Gutters?

The rain gutter is crucial to protecting your home from mold, flooding and damage to the foundation. But due to its exposure to varying elements, there are certain issues that you should especially watch out for. This means being able to recognize red flags and knowing how to assess the condition of your gutters. 

In this article, Asher Lasting Exteriors, the local homeowners’ choice for gutter services and replacement windows, shares some tips on how you can determine if your gutter needs to be fixed or replaced.

Do a Visual Check

In evaluating your gutter system, you can start by doing a visual inspection of the components. Here’s a simple guide to help you identify potential problems:

  1. Take a look at your gutters for any visible damage, like cracks. Also, try to see if the gutter is pulling away from your home.

  2. Notice if there are leaks in certain parts of the gutter system.

  3. Keep a sharp eye out for nails popping or sticking out of the gutter.

  4. Find out if there are animals nesting or organisms growing in the gutter.

  5. During storms, observe if the water continuously overflows from the gutter.

  6. During storms, see if there is a large amount of water pooling around the foundation.

Other Indications of Gutter Damage

While most signs of gutter damage can be found in the gutter itself, you should also consider checking other areas in your home where symptoms may also be appearing. For instance, water or flooding in your basement can indicate problems with your gutters. Rot in the window sills, decks and garage doors can also mean a failing gutter.

If you notice paint flaking on your siding or cracks in your foundation, driveway or sidewalks, have a professional inspect the affected areas and your gutter. The earlier you catch these red flags, the easier it is to determine the problem and fix it.

Asher Lasting Exteriors has been in business since 1974. As a family-owned company, we have a deep commitment to top-notch craftsmanship. We carry out awning, replacement window and door installations among others. Call us at (715) 204-4840 or fill out our contact form to request a free consultation. We serve customers in Eau Claire and Black River Falls, WI.

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