Three Things to Know About Gutters
Can gutters be repaired?
If you’ve noticed your gutters are leaking or sagging away from your roof, the damage needs to be fixed. So, yes, depending on the severity of the damage, gutter repair is possible. If your gutters aren’t repaired or replaced you can risk damaging your siding, your roof, and your foundation, and that damage can cost thousands.
Gutters leak for a variety of reasons. One common cause of leaks is clogging. As gutters fill up with debris, excess water will begin to overflow and the gutter will leak. Clogs and standing water can also cause the gutter to sag and pull away from the home. If a gutter pulls away from your home, it may appear to be leaking because water will run between the roof and gutter.
Why are my gutters leaking?
If your gutter was improperly installed with too steep of a slope or begins to sag, leaks can occur. A steep slope will cause water to pool instead of drain properly. In time the standing water can cause corrosion or rust that creates leaks. Additionally, the older the gutters are the more likely leaks will develop, especially as the sealant that holds sections together begins to deteriorate. In any of these cases, gutter repair will be necessary.
Gutter repair and cleaning
While gutters can get damaged in a variety of ways, keeping your gutters clean can often save you in unnecessary repairs. If your gutters are regularly cleared of leaves, sticks, and other debris, you are more likely to avoid problems like sags and even leaks. When debris clogs up a gutter it can weigh the gutter down, and eventually cause it to pull away from the house. A sagging gutter results. Sags increase the chance of further damage like leaks or even collapse.
How frequently you clean your gutters often depends on how many trees are in the area, because leaves and sticks are the primary materials that clutter gutters. If you have a lot of trees around, you should probably clean your gutters at least twice per year. If you clean your gutters just once per year, it’s best to do so in the fall once the heaviest concentration of leaves has fallen.
Good maintenance is important throughout your home from your roof to your plumbing. Make sure repairs, including plumbing leak repair, are taken care of quickly.
When should you replace gutters?
When making a choice between gutter repair or replacement you should consider various factors. While you may have a few holes opening up from time to time, if your gutters have multiple holes, cracks, or rust spots, and corrosion, replacement is probably a better option. You may also want to consider replacing your gutters if you have several fasteners breaking loose at one time. A few fasteners can be repaired fairly easily, but the gutters themselves may be the problem if you are having to repair the fasteners often. If you’re seeing a lot of nails or screws on the ground and you’re replacing them frequently your gutters may be wearing out and need to be replaced.
Gutters that are beginning to separate at the seams frequently, it’s a good indication they are wearing and in need of replacement. Frequently needing to repair sagging gutters is usually a good sign it’s time to replace your gutters. In this case, it may be the fascia boards that are rotting, and you can fix your fascia and replace your gutters at the same time. Problems with eroding landscaping or flooded basements, your gutters may be the problem. They may need to be replaced.