Gutters have one main purpose and that is to guide water to go the right way and not into the structure’s foundation. In order for gutter to be able to do their task properly, it is important to keep them free from sags, holes and clogs; in other words they should be kept in perfect shape.
Proper guttering is important for the protection of your home’s structural integrity. Sadly though, gutter problems will occur after some time. That is why routine inspection and maintenance is essential. It is a good idea to fix small problems at once so that the gutter can serve better and longer.
The following are some of the most common problems you might encounter when you neglect to check your home guttering system:
- Debris Accumulation
Debris accumulation results to clogged gutters and this is the most common of all gutter problems. When left unchecked and unmaintained, gutters can get so clogged that they’ll be useless eventually. Debris, as well as stagnant water, twigs and leaves can make the gutters sags and to pull away eventually from the fascia.
The best way to prevent clogged gutters is cleaning them once a year. If there are several trees nearby, it would be better to clean every six months. Additionally, you should also check your gutter structure immediately after a storm.
- Sagging Gutters
Sagging makes gutters pull away from the home structure. This problem usually occurs when the hanger becomes deteriorated due to age. When the fasteners backed out or if they are spaced too far, there is not full support for gutter weight and that you eventually lead to the need for gutter replacement.
- Holes and Leaks
Gutter joints can leak and a good solution for that is to caulk the joint from inside with a good sealant. If the holes are a bit larger then a patch may be a better solution.
- Improperly Pitched Gutter
You gutter should be pitched properly toward the downspouts so that water can flow properly. After a storm a gutter can be improperly pitched and you can confirm this if you can see standing water on the gutters. This can be fixed by looking with DND Roofing where the gutter misalignment occurred and pushing it a bit until it got pitched. If that does not solve it, re-hanging a section could be a better answer.
These common gutter problems can be easily fixed if you know what to do. In case you have no idea how to go about repairing your gutters, you may want to consider contacting a roofing expert.