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Replace or Repair: How to Evaluate Your Gutters

27 February 2018

If you’ve been inspecting your gutters twice a year as recommended, you know the state of your gutters and how they’re doing. You might wonder to yourself, how bad are those issues? How long should you wait before fixing the problems or enlisting the help of a professional? If you need advice on how to repair leaking gutters or if you’re wondering if it’s time to replace the whole system, here are some tips on identifying the need for gutter replacement or repair.


If sudden weather damage occurs, or years go by without repairs, the whole gutter system may need to be replaced. Here are a few warning signs that it could be time for replacement:

  • Leaking water in the basement or crawlspace. The main function of gutters is to divert rainwater away from your foundation so that pooling water and leaks don’t occur in the basement. If you gutters aren’t achieving this basic task no matter what adjustments you make, and mold or mildew has appeared, replacement is inevitable.
  • Perpetually clogged gutters. Numerous reasons could cause clogs, and this ultimeately leads to flooding as well as sagging of your gutters.
  • Standing water. Either at the base of your gutters or within the gutters themselves, this means there is a serious problem in the system.
  • Sagging, broken gutters. When the troughs start to sag low, featuring holes or cracks, problems only get worse.
  • Gutters that are pulling away from the home. If they hang, are not level, or are visibly pulling off their supports, they may be too worn for reattachment.
  • Bent, dented gutters. This type of damage can limit water flow, increase clogs and cause standing water to occur.
  • Peeling paint on the home or corrosion around the gutters. Often the result of backsplashing, your gutters are likely not aligned properly or could be worn beyond repair.
  • Rusting gutters. Light rust patches can be repaired, but if it gets beyond a certain point, hope is lost and it’s time to call for replacement.
  • Seam gaps. Between seams and connections gaps cause leaks and damage to the system as well as your home.
  • Loose fasteners and nails. If roof fasteners and nails have detached, littering the ground below, there could be too much damage to put them back in place.


Other times, the problems are less severe and just call for a simple fix or two to prolong the life of your gutter system. If your gutters are relatively new, this is the more likely scenario. Here are some reasons why you would repair your gutters:

  • Pooling water on the ground. You may need a simple adjustment in the downspout location.
  • Improper pitching. Gutters have to be aligned at the proper pitch to empty out properly. Again, adjustments are needed if you’re not getting the flow you want.

If you experience any of the above problems, it’s best to get them looked at right away for safety’s sake, and to keep the quality of your gutters intact. Need help determining if you should repair or replace your gutters? Don’t know how to repair leaking gutters? Get in touch with us to schedule a free estimate on LeafGuard® Brand Gutters.