Common Gutter Problems and Their Solutions

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Gutters are designed to protect your home from water damage. For gutters to properly do their job, they must be kept clean and free of any problems. Here are a few problems to look out for.

Problem: Clogged Gutters
The most common gutter issue of all time has to be clogged gutters. We see it all of the time. When left unattended, gutters become blocked by leaves, debris and dirt. Clogged gutters can cause an array of issues, including roof and foundation damage.

Solution:
The easiest solution for clogged gutters is to have a gutter cleaning professional service your gutter system several times a year. While it might seem excessive if you haven’t had it done before, a ruined foundation or roof is much more expensive. Preventative care is the best option.


Problem:Leaks
Improperly maintained gutters can lead to leaks in your system. Like many other gutter problems, leaks can cause damage to your roof, siding and foundation.

Solution:
Leaky gutters can be sealed by caulking the joint from the inside, but some leaks or holes are too much for a simple solution. Your best bet is to have a professional service your system to ensure your home is protected from damage.


Problem: Improperly Positioned Downspouts
Gutters are needed to keep water from collecting on your roof and at the foundation of your home. If downspouts are positioned too closely to your home, the purpose of your gutter system is defeated. Water will collect and damage the foundation of your home or pour into the basement.

Solution:
If your downspouts don’t extend several feet from your home, you can have a professional add extensions to the bottom of the downspout. This will add the extra length needed to protect your home from the water that causes foundational problems.


Problem: Defective Pitch
Gutters need a slight pitch to drain properly. If a gutter system is improperly pitched, water can slow to a halt and areas of standing water can occur. This can not only damage your roof, it can also cause rust, siding damage, leaks and the need to have your gutters replaced. Standing water can also attract mosquitos, which is bad for your family’s health.

Solution:
If you notice standing water in your gutters, have a professional check for improper pitch. They will be able to assess the issue and fix the damage.


Problem: Saggy Gutters
Over time, gutters can become saggy and can even pull away from the home. This most often occurs in gutters that aren’t cleaned properly. The root of the problem is in the fascia, or the hardware that secures the gutters to the roof, which can deteriorate over time.

Solution:
The only solution for sagging gutters is to have a professional fix or replace them. After your gutter system has been fixed or replaced, be sure to have them cleaned multiple times a year to prevent the problem from resurfacing.


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