1. Gutters Are Not Draining
One of the most common gutter issues is clogged gutters. When gutters become full of debris, like leaves and twigs, they are not able to drain properly. Water and debris will build up, and the gutters will not be able to drain properly.
The way to avoid clogging is regular cleaning, especially in the seasons when extra rainfall and debris can be expected. You will want to have your gutters cleaned at least twice a year, once in the spring and once in the fall.
2. Sagging Gutters
If you allow your gutters to become clogged, the weight of the debris and standing water can become too much for them to handle. When this happens, your gutters will sag and pull away from your house.
Beyond keeping your gutters clean to avoid this, it’s also essential for you to ensure that your gutter hangers are tightened. It could also be an issue of the hangers being too far apart, which would require installing new ones.
3. Leaks and Holes
Leaks and holes are a common type of damage that can be found in old gutter systems. If you notice that water is streaming down from the middle of your gutters as opposed to where it should be, that is an indication that your gutters have sprung a leak. Water leaks are usually a simple fix that includes adding caulk to the seams if the holes are smaller.
If the cracks and holes are larger, you may need to invest in new gutters. Fortunately, our professionals offer comprehensive gutter replacement services for homes in areas such as Philadelphia, Hartford, Newark, Fairfield, Richmond, Chicago, and Brockton. Our technicians will help you remove the old damaged gutters on your property.
4. Improperly Pitched Gutters
For the water in your gutters to flow correctly, they will need to be angled, or pitched, in the right way. There should be a slope that sits at a specific angle, which is at least a quarter inch for every 10 feet of gutter.
To check if your gutters are pitched correctly, just look for standing water after a rainstorm. In some cases, the gutters may need to be bent into place, but for others, the hangers may need to be installed.
5. Bad Gutter Systems
Some homes come with inadequate gutter systems or no gutter system at all. It’s essential to have quality gutters in place to prevent water damage inside your home. If your gutters are not functioning properly or do not exist, you will want to have a system professionally installed as soon as possible. Trust your gutters with our reliable team at Ned Stevens.