Most homeowners do not have repairing or replacing gutters on their to-do list, and it is something they do not actively budget for. However, your gutters have a very important role in protecting your home for the elements. Damage can result from many things, including poor installation, blocked gutters, dislodged joints, and improperly pitched gutters. If something goes wrong, it is much better to address the issue before it is too late. The following are a few of the most common gutter-related issues that warrant a repair.
A clogged gutter can result in neglecting to clean your gutters at least twice a year. When a gutter becomes clogged, it is unable to work the way it was designed to and doesn’t drain. The extra water and debris cause too much pressure which results in the gutters sagging. Sagging can also happen due to missing parts or bent/broken hangers.
Depending on how well your gutters were installed, as well as their quality, weather and time can play a part in loose gutters. Gutters are securely fastened to the fascia of your home, and if they become loose, they are a safety risk and can cause expensive water damage. Loose gutters can also become detached from the fascia which is a lot more to fix.
When a downspout is broken or clogged, your gutters cannot do their job. This causes them to fill up with water and debris, leading to mold and/or water damage. When your downspouts are not working correctly, water is unable to be directed away from your home’s foundation, resulting in water pooling around the foundation and causing potential flooding.
It is important to be aware of missing parts/hardware. Something as simple as a missing screw can become a safety risk. Therefore, it is best to report this problem right away.
Bent or Broken Hangers
Hangers are the piece of hardware that hold your gutters in place and can become bent if too much water gets built up or an intense storm hits. As a result, your gutters could detach.
Joints and Leaks
There’s no simpler way to say it, joints are more likely to leak. If you can afford it, consider installing seamless gutters. They are less likely to leak because of their lack of joints.
Gutters that become detached are a big safety risk and expensive to repair. If you notice your gutters starting to disconnect, have them looked at right away. To prevent this from happening, the best thing to do is to watch for earlier signs of detachment.
The thought of water in your basement or having a damaged roof can make anyone cringe. Keeping your gutters clean will prevent you from spending a fortune of repairs or replacements. This involves cleaning them at least twice a year, preferably in the spring and fall, which can be a headache to some. That’s where GutterPros can come to your rescue! The professionals at GutterPros have years of experience dealing with all kinds of gutter issues and can clean whatever type of gutter system you have. Call today at (314) 656-7195 to hear about our services and to get a free estimate!