What Happens When Gutters Fail

Gutter failure is a common household issue, but an entirely preventable one. However, left unchecked for too long, gutter failure can lead to some pretty devastating issues for homeowners.

rusted gutter

What happens when your gutters aren’t working properly?

When your gutters aren’t doing their job correctly, a slew of nightmarish issues can arise. The following are just a few of the potential issues that come with gutter failure:

  • Pooling water near the foundation of your home which can result in cracks or damage
  • Roof and fascia damage that can lead to wood rot
  • Basement flooding
  • Worn out gutters falling and damaging the roof, soffit, or fascia
  • Ice dams, clogged and overflowing gutters, potential mosquito infestations from poorly draining gutters
  • Swollen or damaged siding
  • Landscape and garden damage
  • Deck and porch rot/damage
  • Stains and cracks on concrete
failing gutter

Why do gutters fail?

Now that we know what happens when our gutters aren’t properly functioning, you might wonder what causes a gutter to fail. The short and sweet answer is typically: weather. Over time, weather wears on your gutters and if they haven’t been properly maintained, they break down. High winds can cause leaks and damage to seams, and sometimes, plastic gutters can get brittle with age and develop cracks.

failing gutter

How to know if your gutters are leaking:

Your gutters might look pretty good from your vantage point, but be on the lookout for these telltale signs that something isn’t quite right when it comes to your home’s gutters:

  • Stains on slabs or siding
  • Water falling from your roof in areas where it shouldn’t
  • Pooling water near your foundation
  • A leak or dampness in your basement

Prevent Future Gutter Problems Before They Start

There is some good news, though! It’s possible to prevent the majority of gutter issues with regular maintenance.
With brand new gutters from Miller’s Seamless Spouting, these maintenance tips will help keep your home in tip-top shape:

check icon

Check for leaks. After a storm is a great time to look for any improper drainage issues in your gutter system.

check icon

Check for sagging gutters.

check icon

Clean your gutters regularly.

check icon

Look out for damage. If a major storm has come through your area, it’s always a good idea to double-check for any major damage and call a professional right away to make it right.

What to expect with Miller's Seamless Spouting

1. Approve your quote

We'll quote out your job and get your approval

2. Schedule Installation

Next, we'll begin scheduling to ensure that our crews are available

3. Leave the rest to us

Our expert install crews will arrive on time and complete the installation