Failing Gutters Can Create Water Damage in Your Colorado Springs Home
Your Colorado Springs Home Can Suffer Water Damage Caused by Failing Gutters
Failing gutters on your home are a serious problem that can create water damage. Do not ignore the warning signs – look for shingles which curl up at the ends, missing shingles, excessive mold or staining on your home, gutters which are pulling away from your home and other warning signs. You need to stop the problem as soon as possible before it becomes a very expensive one. Any water damage that your failing gutters are creating can be fixed by the professionals at SERVPRO.
There are several things you can check for to help you decide if water damage in your Colorado Springs home is being created by faulty gutters. If you suspect any of these, have a professional come in right away to fix your gutters.
Signs of Faulty Gutters
If you see any visible cracks on the surface of the gutters, be aware that cracks lead to water leakage, which in turn creates water damage to your home. If you do not deal with the small cracks, they lead to larger cracks and worse damage. Paint peeling or flaking prematurely in areas close to the base of your home or on the gutters themselves is a major indicator that your gutters are leaking, as this causes the paint to peel.
Watermarks found directly below the gutters is also a problem because as water pours over the surface of your home, it is absorbed. As the sun dries the water, visible watermarks are left behind. Clogged gutters can also pose a problem. There could be certain areas of your gutters where debris and leaves are continually getting caught, which can be caused by debris collecting in a crack in the gutter. A gutter specialist can fix this issue.
Lastly, gutters pulling away from your home or downspouts which are disconnected from the gutter or your home means it is the likely time for new gutters.
When water damage happens from one of these issues involving your gutters, SERVPRO technicians have the right training and tools to fix the problem and clean up the water. Depending upon where the water damage in your home is, they use different drying methods and tools. They can dry behind and under cabinets if needed, and even behind wallpaper. However, the wallpaper itself may need to be taken down since vinyl wallpaper can create a barrier, preventing moisture transfer and not allowing the dehumidifier to do its job.
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Having properly functioning gutters on your home is critical, so if you notice any problems with them, you should have them repaired right away. When water damage comes from malfunctioning gutters, SERVPRO of South Colorado Springs is standing by to help. Reach out to us anytime when you give us a call at (719) 574-2789, and we are out to your home as soon as possible to prevent any further damage.