5 Signs of Failing Gutters: When to Replace Your Drainage System

Failing Gutters

The thought of replacing an entire set of failing gutters might make you cringe. All you can think about is how expensive a project like that may be.

Do you know what’s more expensive than repairing and replacing an aged drainage system? Fixing water damage in your home from the inside out. If you let your gutters continue to stop up and push moisture into your home, the problem only gets more expensive to repair every day that passes by.

Here are five sure signs your failing gutters need attention from a professional right away:

Rust and Peeling Paint

Have you noticed streaky rust stains down the side of your home? Is the exterior paint beginning to peel? Gutters begin to rust when standing water penetrates the seal. Eventually, the oxidized metal will begin to develop holes, and rusty water will leak down the side of the house, leaving orange-tinted stains and sullying the paint job.


If your gutters are beginning to pull away from the roof’s edge and sag, especially at the seams, it could be a sign the system is not fitted properly to the drainage requirements of your home. Have a professional make repairs, but also find out if a different type and size would be more effective.

Repeated Clogging

You may clean your gutters consistently, but perhaps a clog keeps appearing in one certain location. This could mean a loose section or nail is interfering with normal drainage, especially if the system is old.

Rotting Home Exterior

If you notice your exterior entry door frame or any window frames beginning to rot, it’s clear that water has infiltrated your home. It’s time to conduct an in-depth examination of your failing gutters to determine the extent of the problem.

Water Damage of Any Kind

Water damage is a home’s primary enemy, and your drainage system is your main defense. When you have failing gutters, water could begin to seep into any location, such as your attic’s insulation, your ceilings or walls.

If you notice standing water around the edge of your home’s foundation or in your basement, the problem might not lie with the gutter, but with the downspouts. Moisture can creep in quickly or slowly, but either way, mold and mildew will soon follow. Address problems with your gutters first, then solve the resulting water damages.

Always trust Knockout Roofing for efficient, professional assessments of your failing gutters and recommendations on the best course of action for protecting your home from precipitation for years to come.