The rainy season is a wonder for nature, but it can also become a headache if we don’t take precautions. One of the most important, and often forgotten, aspects is the maintenance of our gutters.


Why is gutter cleaning so important?

Gutters are responsible for collecting and directing rainwater away from your house. If they are blocked by leaves, branches, dirt or other debris, water can overflow, causing damage to your roof, walls, foundation and even flooding.

During the rainy season in the southeast and southwest of the country, it is essential to keep the gutters clean to avoid:

  • Leaks and dampness: Stagnant water in the gutters can leak through the roof, damaging the structure and creating an environment conducive to mold and mildew.
  • Structural damage: The weight of accumulated water can weaken the gutters and cause damage to the facade of your house.
  • Flooding: If water cannot flow properly, it can overflow and cause flooding in basements and low-lying areas.
  • Pests: Clogged gutters can become a haven for insects and rodents, which can enter your home.

How to keep your gutters in optimal condition?

  1. Regular cleaning: At least twice a year, ideally before and after the rainy season, clean your gutters to remove any debris.
  2. Visual inspection: Check regularly for cracks, holes or obstructions. Repair any damage immediately to avoid major problems.
  3. Gutter guards: Consider installing guards to prevent leaves and branches from clogging your gutters.
  4. Professional maintenance: If you don’t feel comfortable doing the cleaning yourself, hire a professional to do it safely and efficiently.


When should you consider changing gutters?

Knowing when is the right time to replace them can prevent serious and costly problems. Here are the key signs that indicate it’s time to consider a gutter replacement:

1. Persistent leaks and leaks

If you notice that your gutters have multiple leaks or leaks, despite having tried to repair them, it is a clear sign that they need to be replaced. Leaks can be caused by deteriorated gaskets or cracks in the gutter material. Inspect during or after a rain event to identify these problems.

2. overflowing gutters

If your gutters overflow frequently, even after you have cleaned them, this could indicate that they are not adequately sized to handle the volume of water from your roof or that they are sloped incorrectly. Constant overflow can lead to damage to the roof, walls and foundation.

3. Rust and corrosion

For metal gutters, rust and corrosion are signs that the material is aging and weakening. The presence of rust can affect the structural integrity of your gutters, making them more prone to developing holes and leaks.

4. Detachments and deformations

Gutters that are detached from the house or are visibly deformed cannot fulfill their function properly. This can be caused by broken brackets, faulty design, or damage from excessive weight of accumulated ice or debris. Deformation and shedding affect the flow of water, carrying it toward undesired areas.

5. Presence of mold and damage to the facade

If you notice mold, water stains, or rot on the exterior of your home, your gutters are probably not working properly. This can be a result of damaged gutters allowing water to seep into the walls, causing deterioration and long-term structural problems.

6. Deteriorated joints and connections

The joints and connections of the gutters must be watertight and solid. If you notice that these areas are loose, cracked, or have deteriorated seals, it might be time to consider a complete replacement. Poor connections can cause leaks and reduce the effectiveness of the drainage system.


Benefits of changing your gutters on time

  • Home protection: You will keep your home safe from water damage, mold and moisture.
  • Increased property value: A well-maintained gutter system improves the appearance and value of your home.
  • Long-term savings: You will avoid costly repairs to the roof, walls and foundation.

Trust SOS Assistance for changing gutters

At SOS Assistance, we understand the importance of keeping your home in perfect condition. Our team of experts is ready to help you identify when is the right time to replace your gutters and provide you with high-quality installation service.

Don’t wait until it’s too late!

Prevention is key to avoiding costly repairs and protecting your home from the ravages of rain. Keep your gutters clean and in good condition, and enjoy peace of mind knowing that your home is protected.

Remember: A small investment in maintenance can save you big headaches in the future!

Don’t wait for problems to get worse! Contact us today and ensure the protection of your home with our professional gutter solutions.

If you want to learn more about how to protect your home, we invite you to read the following blog: Practical tips for addressing common home repairs