It’s essential to have properly functioning gutters installed on your home to avoid water damage and other potential hazards. If you notice rust, leaks or further visible damage along your house drains, it may be time for a gutter installation repair or replacement. Here are three things to look for to check if your home water drainage system needs a facelift.

1. Visible Holes or Splits

Unfortunately, gutters with holes or splits can’t be repaired but will need to be replaced by a professional. It’s best to complete a large replacement job before cold and wet weather sets in to avoid damage to your home. Don’t try to tackle this job alone. A hired contractor can get the job done without harming your roof or siding.

2. Old Material

Generally, a well-installed gutter will last 15 to 20 years. However, the lifespan of your gutters can depend on the material used initially. Most drainage systems are either aluminum or galvanized steel and can last close to 20 years.  However, copper gutters last twice as long and may not need a replacement until closer to 50 years. If your gutters are nearing the end of their prescribed lifespan, it may be time to call a professional for new gutter installation.

3. Poor Flowing Downspouts

To determine if your downspouts are working correctly, take a walk around your home while it’s raining. If your downspouts aren’t draining water, there may be a leak or clog. If water is flowing directly from your roof to the ground, you may also need to add more downspouts, or additional gutter installation may be required. It’s also crucial for the water to drain at least 10 feet away from your home. If you notice that water is puddling around the foundation of your home, you may need to purchase additional downspout extensions, splash blocks or drains.