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Keep an Eye out for These Telltale Signs of Gutter Issues

April 24th, 2019 | No Comments »

Heavy RainBecause they rest above eye level, it can be difficult for homeowners to identify minor gutter issues before they become full-blown failures. However, there are a few telltale signs that your gutters have become worn or damaged. Walk around your property and look for the following indicators that your gutters need attention.

Gutter Damage

You can easily spot many external indicators of damage and wear from the ground. Look for sagging, cracks, visible rust and areas where gutters are detached. Black streaks can also be indicative of dirty water spilling over the side where gutters are not clogged or damaged.

Pooling Water or Dry Downspouts

After the next rainstorm, inspect downspouts and look at the landscape around your house. Your downspouts should all be discharging similar amounts of water. If any of them are running dry, a gutter may be clogged. Water spilling over the side of the gutters and areas of standing water below the gutters are also common signs of clogged gutters.

Interior Leaks

Is water seeping into your home during heavy storms? Water from the ceiling is an indicator of a roof leak, while water from walls or the corner of the ceiling is a reliable indicator of damaged gutters.  

Exterior Damage

Is the siding stained or the paint peeling or exterior wood rotting? Perhaps you notice areas of mold streaking exterior walls or eaves. Does it appear that dirt has been splashed up against the side of your home? If so, all these things are indicators you may have gutter problems. Overflowing gutters can splash on walls, and the residual moisture leaves telltale marks and backsplash.

Sudden gutter failures may seem somewhat mysterious, but there are usually indicators that failure is on its way. Taking a moment to examine your gutters now can save you time and money in the long run.

Keep an Eye Out for Signs of Water Damage to Your Foundation

October 29th, 2018 | No Comments »

Foundation Water DamageHave you noticed new cracks developing in your home’s foundation? Although a number of different factors can contribute to these cracks, one of the most common causes of a cracked foundation is water damage. If your downspouts don’t discharge rainwater far enough from your home, it can pool around the foundation and cause damage that is expensive and difficult to repair. Learn more about how to spot signs of water damage on your foundation below!

Discoloration on Basement Walls

When water seeps through your foundation, it can cause discoloration on interior basement walls. If you notice water streaks and spots appearing on the walls of your basement, it could be because they’ve become saturated with moisture from outside.

Musty Odors

Does your basement have an unpleasant smell that just won’t go away? Does it seem to get more noticeable on rainy days? These musty odors are another common sign of moisture-related issues in basements. Installing a dehumidifier can help, but you should also make sure your downspouts are unclogged and oriented in a direction that carries rainwater safely away from the foundation.

Mold Growth

If rainwater is pooling around your foundation, those musty odors in your basement may be accompanied by mold growth, too. If you spot dark patches of mold growing in damp corners of your basement, you could have a budding moisture problem on your hands.

If your gutters and downspouts are failing to protect your home from water damage, the team at Bell Seamless Gutters would be happy to lend hand. Our custom seamless gutter systems offer an attractive, low-maintenance and efficient way to divert rainwater away from your home. Give us a call or contact us online to learn more today!

How to Tell When It’s Time for a Gutter Replacement

March 6th, 2018 | No Comments »

Rusted GuttersWhen your gutters are functioning properly, it can be easy to forget about them altogether. Once an aging gutter system falls into disrepair, however, it can be hard to ignore. You may notice unsightly mildew growing on your gutters, or find broken fasteners lying on the ground below the eaves of your home. But these aren’t the only indications of a gutter system that needs to be replaced. Today we’ll look at a few more tell-tale signs that it’s time to invest in new gutters for your home.

Water Damage Beneath Your gutters

Is the siding below your gutters getting streaked with mold and mildew? Do the fascia boards behind the gutters appear to be rotting? These are signs that your gutters are leaking and/or overflowing during rain storms. If you spot water damage around your gutters, inspect them closely for cracks, holes and rust.

Bent, Sagging Gutter Sections

If the fascia boards behind your gutters are rotting, the gutters may begin to sag and pull away from your home’s roof. This problem can be exacerbated by ice dams and impact damage from tree limbs and other debris. You can try to reinforce your old gutters with new fasteners, but sooner or later they will need to be replaced.

Erosion in Your Landscaping

If you notice little gullies forming in the flowerbeds next to your house, there’s a good chance your gutters aren’t doing their job. Ideally, your gutters should divert water away from your home to prevent this type of erosion.

Water Pooling Around Your Foundation

If you notice erosion in your flowerbeds, you may also see water pooling around your home’s foundation. Over time, this moisture buildup can cause the foundation to crack and crumble. With this in mind, it’s important to have the problem remedied sooner rather than later.

Are your old gutters in need of a replacement? Give us a call or contact us online today to learn more about how a modern seamless gutter system can help!

Maintain Your Gutter System to Prevent Costly Water Damage

January 31st, 2018 | No Comments »

Maintain Your Gutter System to Prevent Costly Water DamageDid you know that nearly 40 percent of U.S. homeowners have suffered monetary losses due to water damage? Every year, claims related to mold and water damage cost insurance companies more than $2 billion. The average cost of each water damage insurance claim is about $7,000.

Water damage is one of the most common and costly expenses associated with owning a home.

With these troubling statistics in mind, it’s important for homeowners to do whatever they can to prevent moisture intrusions from damaging basements, foundations, drywall and more. This doesn’t necessarily mean you need to completely overhaul your plumbing system, though.

In fact, a little gutter maintenance can go a long way.

Your gutter system isn’t just an attractive accessory for your home’s roof. It also serves an important practical purpose, diverting rainwater away from your home so that it can’t stain siding and pool around the foundation. When gutters become clogged with debris, they cease to function effectively. This, in turn, can cause siding and foundations to wear prematurely due to increased moisture exposure.

By cleaning out your gutters in the fall and spring, and making sure your downspouts discharge far away from your home’s foundation, you can easily prevent at least one common cause of water damage. This is also a great opportunity to inspect your gutters for signs of damage. If you spot any sagging or leaky gutter sections, we can repair them quickly to ensure they continue to serve you well.

If you have any other lingering questions about your gutter system, feel free to give us a call or contact us online today!

Benefits of Investing in Professional Gutter Installation

August 31st, 2017 | No Comments »

Benefits of Investing in Professional Gutter InstallationSome home improvement projects, like repainting a living room or staining a deck, can typically be done by homeowners with great results. Other projects like gutter installations, however, are best left to the professionals. When homeowners install their own gutters, they usually purchase them in sections from their local hardware store. These gutter sections will work in a pinch, but they leave lots of joints where leaks can occur. They’re also not as rigid as seamless gutters, and are therefore more prone to sagging and damage from falling tree branches.

By investing in professionally-installed seamless gutters, you’ll get a drainage system that is not only stronger and more durable, but more attractive as well.

Seamless gutters can be custom-fit to your home, eliminating unsightly joints and achieving a clean, finished look. They also tend to have a longer lifespan than sectioned gutters, and are less prone to lakes and environmental damage. This, in turn, protects your home’s siding from the mold and mildew growth that can occur when gutters leak during rainstorms.

A professional gutter installation can also ensure your downspouts drain safely away from your home’s foundation. Downspouts that are too short or improperly positioned can cause water to pool around the foundation, ultimately leading to cracks and moisture intrusions. If your gutter system isn’t effectively discharging water away from the foundation of your home, it’s not doing its job.

Interested in learning more about the unique benefits of a professionally-installed seamless gutter system? Give us a call today at our toll-free number to speak with a representative!