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Handy Checklist to Evaluate the Health of your Gutters Featured in The Seattle Times

Handy Checklist to Evaluate the Health of your Gutters Featured in The Seattle Times

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Annette Singleterry
Leafless in Seattle

annette@leaflessinseattle.com

Kent, WA – July 24, 2017

 

Paying attention to the health of your gutters is crucial to the health of your home, and our article in The Seattle Times is a valuable resource for any homeowner attempting to evaluate the state and effectiveness of their gutters. In the simple checklist we provided, we highlighted six major things to look for that generally occur in failing gutters.

Plants growing in gutters

Know what to look for to prevent water damage to your home.

By Leafless in Seattle

If you’ve ever dealt with a clogged gutter, you know how much damage it can cause. From water in your basement to having to climb up on a ladder to clean them, gutter clogs can wreak havoc and be a hassle to deal with. Installing gutter guards is an easy way to put an end to your clogged gutters and constant gutter cleaning.

Here is a handy checklist you can use to help you decide if it’s time to replace your gutters or add gutter guards to improve the gutters you have.

Gutters are cracking or splitting

While you may think that small cracks don’t matter, the reality is that small cracks will turn into big cracks. You just won’t know when … but it’s usually a lot sooner than most people think. If you don’t fix these cracks, even the smallest ones, water can and will seep through them. This water can easily damage the fascia boards your gutters are attached to, as well as your walls and even your foundation.

Evidence of leaking at joints or corners

If you see extra algae, mold or mildew in certain spots (often at joints and corners) it’s a big sign the gutters are leaking. Many times this leaking happens behind the gutter – soaking the fascia board, roof rafters or soffit. It’s only after that wood is soaked that the water drips down to the bottom.

Paint or finish on siding, fascia boards or soffits is discolored, flaking or fading

If you see any sign of discoloration, peeling or fading on or near your gutters, this is a clear indication that you have a serious problem and you need to act immediately. Your home’s finish is specifically designed to withstand the rigors of the environment, so if you are seeing any form of damage, that’s bad.

“Tiger stripes” on gutters

Tiger stripes are the gray and black streaks found on the side of gutters. This means the gutter isn’t working. Tiger stripes indicate that your gutters are overflowing. This overflow could be for a number of reasons, including dams, blockage, inadequate flow, and means that you should have your gutters professionally inspected.