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5 Common Gutter Problems
3 Sep, 2019. 0 Comments. . Posted By: Tiffany Leffert

1. Clogged Gutters

Clogged gutters have a tendency to become over-weighted with slow moving water, soiled dirt, and leaves. This not only stresses the gutters but it puts even more stress on fascia boards and soffits. In some cases if the gutter doesn’t break free from the part of the building it’s attached to, it can bring that part of the building with it. It is not uncommon to see a clogged gutter take part of the fascia and soffit down with it. Fixing these problems can cost you thousands of dollars. Clogged gutters can also be related to pest and rodent infestation.

2. Hardware Failure

Clogs aren’t the only reason that gutters sag and pull away from your home. As the hardware holding your gutters in place begins to age, it can rust  or deteriorate and cause the gutters to become loose. Alternatively, gutters that have been improperly installed or have fasteners that are spaced at improper intervals will also start to pull away from your home as the gutter and roofing system age. Over time, this issue will only grow in severity, putting the lower areas of your roof at risk for damage in stormy or windy conditions. As soon as you notice that a portion of your gutters is sagging or has become detached, call your roofing service to repair the issue. You should also have your entire gutter system inspected to determine whether the problem affected only a small area, or whether it could indicate a bigger problem with your gutter system’s hardware or installation as a whole.

3. Leaks & Holes in Gutters

Leaks may form in your gutters for several reasons, including corrosion, physical damage, and detachment of adjacent lengths of gutter material. You can easily spot leaks by running a hose through your gutter system, or by checking for standing water around your foundation after a rainstorm. Small leaks can be sealed with caulk; if you can’t reach your gutters easily or don’t feel comfortable doing so, call in your professional roofer to handle the repairs. Larger leaks and damage will always need professional attention—Our roofers can make any necessary repairs quickly to restore the integrity of your gutter system and prevent further issues.

4. Improperly Pitched Gutters

Improperly pitched gutters that are pitched away from the wall with even a slight gap is the equivalent of having no gutter whatsoever and you will face similar problems. However if you have improperly pitched gutters that cause all the rain water to collect in one area, this rainwater is then likely to run down one area of the wall. The power of the water can erode the brickwork and the cement work causing serious structural damage and internal damp and rot. Improperly pitched gutters can end up costing you a very large amount of money and it is important that you regularly check that everything is running smoothly. You can easily tell whether a gutter is pitched properly by watching when it rains.

5. Down Spout Too Close to Foundation

Gutters are angled slightly to direct water to the downspouts, which allow the water to fall to the ground in a controlled manner. The end of the downspout is curved to ensure the water is deposited away from the home’s foundation. Without the gutter, or with a defective or clogged gutter, the water would simply fall right next to the house and form a pool near the foundation. Once water pools near the foundation, major issues can arise along with a host of smaller problems. First, pooling water means the soil underneath the water is completely saturated, and putting an enormous amount of pressure on the side of your home. Over time, this pressure can cause the basement and lower walls to push inward or crack. Once cracks appear in the foundation, even if a collapse is not about to happen, water will then enter the home through those cracks where it can cause mold growth and flooded basements.

Solutions:

1. Clean your gutters out at least twice a year (spring/fall) to avoid clogging or leaking into your home and foundation.

2. Hire a trusted professional to fix or replace your current gutter system.

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Tiffany Leffert

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