The Most Common Gutter Problems

Gutters are an extremely importatnt part of your home. They gather water that falls on top of your home and drain it, which prevents the water from falling and collecting next to your foundation. When water collects next to the foundation of your home, it can cause cracks, leaks, and mold, which can be quite damaging and costly to repair. However, because the gutters are used so often, and because they are exposed to the elements, they experience a lot of wear and tear. Excessive wear and tear can cause a number of problems; not only with your gutters, but with your roof and the rest of your home, too!
Here’s a look at some of the most common issues that arise with gutters…

Clogs
Clogs are the most common issues that homeowners experience with their gutters. Leaves, twigs and other debris can collect in the gutters, which can prevent them from working properly, in other words, the water won’t flow through them. When clogs happen, a number of problems can arise, including:
• Improper drainage, which can affect the foundation of your home.
• Sagging
• Pulling away from the fascia.
To prevent clogs and the damage that they can cause, make sure that you clean them out on a regular basis; particularly during the fall and winter, when debris is more likely to collect in them. Get up on your roof and pull out the debris and then run a hose through the gutters. Alternatively, you can hire a professional to clean your gutters for you.

Leaks and Holes
Leaks and holes are another common problem, especially in the spots where the gutters are joined together. Of course, this can cause improper functioning and drainage. This issue can be fixed with a gutter sealant, if the leak or hole is small enough. However, if it is too large, it will need to be patched. Patches are usually made with a metal flashing.

Sagging and Pulling Away
This issue usually occurs when the hangers of the gutters become damaged. They often deteriorate, which can cause the fasteners to pull out of the side of the house. Of course, this means that the gutters won’t collect and drain the water, and they can even fall off of your house.

Improper Pitching
In order for a gutter to work properly, it needs to be pitched toward the downspout. If it isn’t properly pitched, the water will simply pour over the side of the gutter, which can lead to a number of serious issues, such as damage to your foundation and flooding.
To have your gutters inspected or have new ones installed, contact us today! Our team of professionals will ensure that your gutters are installed and working properly.