Gutters are one of the most important, and often, an ignored feature in any home.
The gutters perform the important job of protecting the walls, foundation, and adjoining structures from rain water damage. So, it is important that the gutters are properly cleaned and maintained in order to ensure that they are working at their peak capacity even during heavy rains and rough weather.
However, it is not uncommon for the gutters to develop problems, but it is important that the problems are identified and rectified. Guttering problems not only cause property damage, but attempts to repair them can also cause accidents. Gutter protection and maintenance helps keep them clean and flowing; this reduces time spent on ladders and other associated risks. In this post, we will discuss about some common gutter problems.
This is the most common problem faced by gutters that are not well maintained. Debris tends to accumulate in gutters and downspouts rendering them useless. The weight of debris such as twigs, leaves, and stagnant water can make the gutters sag and they may pull away from the fascia causing serious damage.
Quite often, the hangers that secure the gutter to the fascia give way and cause them to sag. They may deteriorate over time, or may be spaced far apart in a way that they are not able to support the gutters.
Improper Pitching of Gutters
If there is a problem of stagnant water in your gutters, then there are chances that the gutters are not pitched correctly. You might be able to correct this problem yourself, but if you have seamless gutters you will need to call up the guttering company.
Leaks or Holes
When the gutters become old, or are prone to very rough conditions, they tend to develop leaks or holes. It is possible to correct this with sealants and patches, but doing so on your own might be risky.
It might happen that gutters or downspouts do not cover the entire area of your house, and gutters might be missing at places where they are required.
Common Causes of Gutter Problems
- Leaning ladders against gutters while cleaning them
- Ice formation
- Splitting apart of seams
- Pest infestation
- Tree damage
- Damage caused by constant rusting and overflowing
If you think the gutters in your home have any of the aforementioned problems, then you should call Scott-Lee Guttering Company at (314) 756-9440 and make an appointment. Professional gutter maintenance helps identify the problems at an early stage before they cause any damage.
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