Your first line of defense against excess water runoff damage is the gutters. A sturdy and clean gutter protects almost every part of your house from the windows to the foundation. However, gutters will ultimately show signs of wear and tear. Even the sturdiest water guard is going to face difficulty in guiding water away from your residence and serve as leaves and debris collector.

Inspect The Gutters on a Regular Basis

It’s hard for a gutter with holes and cracks to do its job optimally. That’s why it’s imperative to check all your gutters at the start and end of every season. This is the time to clear whatever has accumulated. Just after rainfall is the best time to do this inspection. That is because you can only manage to see evidence of small holes and cracks when they’re leaking.

That being said, there are several signs that you need to change the guttering of your home:


A cracked gutter does not function optimally. Small cracks are repairable, but if you notice many of them, you will need to replace the entire guttering system. This is ideally the case if the crack is large.


This is not peeling on the gutters. You should instead check for signs of peeling or bubbling on the siding of your house or garage. If you notice these signs, check the nearest gutter. Chances are it’s leaking and sending water onto the walls. If the area affected is small, you can repair the gutter, but if the patch is huge, then it’s more cost effective to replace the entire system.


Gutters tend to be vulnerable to seams. Common issues are leaks forming as well as the seams separating. It’s possible to repair minor seam issues, but you should be aware of the re-occurrence of the issue. You can bypass this problem by installing seamless gutters.


Is the gutter sagging at the center? This means that it’s too full of water or debris to support the load. In most situations, it’s more cost-effective to replace the sagging gutter than fixing them. This issue shows that you need a guttering system with a bigger capacity. It can ideally be a sign that the gutter is not draining properly, or there’s too much debris leading to clogging.

Water Marks

If you see water marks just below the gutter, then the system is overflowing or leaking. This needs to be remedied before it causes damage to the fascia board or soffit. If the issue is just occurring in a single area, then it’s possible to repair the gutter. However, if it’s extensive, then you may want to replace the gutter.

Water Pooling and Mildew

Is your basement starting to smell accompanied with mold and mildew? Is water starting to pool around the foundation? Well, this occurs when a cracked gutter starts to leak, allowing water to garner around the foundation. Mildew and mold can take a toll on walls, floors and furnishings, causing health issues. The best way to remedy this issue is by investing in new gutters.