Though most people ignore their gutters, the system fulfills an immensely important function for the home. The number one threat to your roof and foundation comes from water. Gutters help protect both of these areas from rainfall, which gets channeled away from the house through the downspout. To ensure that they continue to operate, you will need to perform periodic maintenance like cleaning the gutters of debris. If you notice any of the following signs, however, you will need more extensive gutter repair.
Gutters that have begun to leak can no longer fulfill their function at an optimal level. Some amount of water escapes to run down your fascia and the side of your home to the foundation. This will eventually cause the fascia board to rot, and can create foundation issues.
Sag and Separation
Too much debris can cause your gutters to sag, which makes it easier for water to escape. Age and excessive sagging can lead to actual separation from the house. Of course, gutters that become disconnected at various points cannot adequately channel water from the roof.
Downspouts perform the most important function of the gutter system. Water passes through them and out, away from your home to prevent against the possibility of damage. Downspouts that no longer work properly need repair. This can occur through separation, or incorrect angling that causes the downspouts to deposit water too close to the house.