Blog Early Signs of Gutter Problems August 15, 2018August 7, 2018Chelsea WelshGutters You may not initially think that improperly functioning gutters are a big deal, but they can be. If your gutters are failing, clogged or both, your entire home may be impacted. There are many ways to remedy gutter issues; one is installing rain gutter shields to avoid clogged gutters – which you may not even realize is where the problem starts. Here are some places to look around your home that may signal gutter problems. Your Gutters Have you looked at your gutters recently? They will give you some early warning signs that they’re failing. One of the easiest to spot is rust on the bottoms of the gutters. That rust is an indication that water is sitting in your gutters for a prolonged period, causing them to rust and deteriorate. If you notice upon closer inspection that what you thought was rust is really dirt, you’re not in the clear. Dirt on the outside of your gutters is likely from water overflowing. That is an even bigger sign you have a clog. If gutters are pulling away from your home, you may have one or more issues including clogs and rotting fascia. You may want to contact one of our authorized Gutter Helmet dealers for an estimate for new gutters and rain gutter shields. The Exterior of Your Home Take a close look at your home’s exterior. Start at the ground. Is dirt and mulch stuck to the bottom of your siding? That could be from water running over your gutters, forming a puddle and then splashing up onto your home’s exterior. Further up on your home siding, fascia and the areas under the eaves can mold or have peeling paint when continuously exposed to dripping water from overflowing gutters. Your Landscaping When you have clogged or otherwise failing gutters, water can’t flow through the gutter system and out the downspouts. It flows over the gutters and onto your landscaping. This leads to a trough forming below the gutter’s edge from the constant dripping water. You may have standing water or just soggy ground, but if you notice a line parallel to your home, you likely have a gutter problem of some sort. In freezing temperatures, you may notice a line of ice where the water fell and froze. Another sign of a clog is if you don’t see any evidence of water at the downspout. Inside Your Home Water follows the path of least resistance. If it’s easier to flow into your home rather than over the edge of your gutter, it will. This can lead to peeling paint on walls, ceilings and even along your floorboards. You may think you have a roof leak when it’s just a gutter issue. Gutter Helmet dealers are trained to inspect existing gutter systems and determine if they are in good shape, and if they can support Gutter Helmet® rain gutter shields. Your local dealer can provide you with a quote to replace your gutters, if necessary, before your gutter covers are installed. Call (800) 824-3772 or fill out our quote request form to be connected to your local dealer. We’ll help you eliminate your gutter problems and prevent you from ever having an issue with clogged gutters in the future! About Chelsea Welsh National Marketing Manager for Gutter Helmet®, Chelsea Welsh, MBA, has been a part of the Gutter Helmet team for 7 years and in the home improvement industry for over 13 years. Chelsea is a recognized expert in internet marketing strategies for the home improvement industry. She holds an MBA degree with a Master's Degree in Marketing. She lives in Louisiana and enjoys spending time with her two sons, Christian and Noah. For more from Chelsea, visit the Gutter Helmet® blog.