If your cooking pot had a hole, you wouldn’t try to boil water in it, would it? No, of course. You’d realize that it’s time for a replacement, and you’d get a new one. Well, you should be doing the same thing with your gutters. Figuring out when to repair or replace your gutters is essential for keeping your home safe from water damage.

How to Decide Whether to Repair or Replace Your Gutters

Repair:

You can keep the same gutters and simply make repairs to them when:

  • They’re sagging. If your gutters are pulling away from your fascia, you can reattach them by re-spiking them back onto your home or replacing the hangers.
  • The cracks are small. If you notice a few cracks and leaks in your gutters, you can get away with patching them with a reliable sealant.
  • A single seam is leaking. This can most likely be solved by tightening the pieces or applying a sealant over the leak.

Replace:

You’ll probably need entirely new gutters if:

  • Water is leaking into your basement. This is a tell-tale sign that your gutters are not doing their job, and they’re letting water seep into the area around your home.
  • There’s mold in your basement. Same deal. Your gutters are letting water into your basement and allowing the extra moisture to let mold fester there.
  • Your gutters have rusted. There’s no quick fix for rusted gutters, and leaving them alone will only worsen the problems. You’re better off replacing them in order to prevent future water damage.

If you want to protect your gutters from damage, get Keystone Gutter Helmet’s gutter protection system. If keeps leaves, twigs, and debris out of your gutter to prevent clogs, cracks, and other damage. For more information or to get a free quote, call us at 610-372-4383.