Your gutter system serves a vital role in the distribution of rain water and melting snow. When gutters become clogged with debris, they are unable to function properly. Routine cleaning of your gutters is vital to their proper function and the protection of your roof, home and property. Without regular cleaning, your gutters are likely
Knowing the signs of a needed gutter repair can help prevent bigger, more expensive issues. Different signs point to various types of issues and distinct gutter repairs needed. Sitting Water in Clean Gutters If you gutters have been recently cleaned and are mostly clear of debris yet water is sitting them, possibly even accumulating at the end away from the downspout, this is a sign of a mis-graded gutter. This can be the result of either a faulty initial installation of the gutters, interim damage, or possibly uneven settling of the structure itself. If the section of gutter is not excessively long or have too many corners between the primary point of sitting water and the downspout, it may be repairable. If room for adjustment is available, either one end needs raising or the other lowering. However, if it is too long or too complex of a section, you are likely looking at need to replace the gutters. In that situation, a second option to add an additional downspout at the site where the water accumulates might be considered. Just make sure to plan where the drained water is to be directed because there likely won’t be a nearby underground drain.
When water is shooting out of your gutter or downspout, it can be a little confusing, especially if you just had them cleaned. A gutter leak or downspout leak can cause significant foundation or basement damage. There are a few issues that could be the cause of water spilling out of the gutter and possibly running down your siding. Many homes don’t have or need replacement of the drip flashing from the roof down into the gutter. Occasionally, there might be a hole on the backside of the gutter that is allowing the water to exit prematurely. Other times, it might be an issue within the connection between the gutter and downspout. Regardless of the problem, we will be happy to stop by, take a look at your gutter leak or downspout leak, and let you know what we think the issue is. Give us a call today.