Effective Solutions to Common Problems in Gutter Systems

Red metal tile roof with white rain gutterIt’s the gutters’ job to catch water from the edge of the roof and direct it to the downspouts, which then directs water away from the house. Without gutters and downspouts, water from rain and snow will pool around the house. The closer it is to your home’s foundation, the more likely it will affect your home with water damage.

Common problems with gutters

Uncle Skeeter’s Roofing, Siding & Gutters noted that gutters might be unable to serve their purpose if they have these common issues:

  • Clogging – Debris ranging from leaves and twigs to birds’ nests, stray tennis balls, and carcasses of small animals can cause clogging. This makes your gutters and downspouts useless.
  • Sagging or pulling away – There is usually a hanger problem when this happens. Hangers secure gutters to the fascia. Over time, deterioration may take place and prevent your gutters and downspouts from doing their job.
  • Holes – Gutters and downspouts may get damaged through time or due to heavy debris. Holes and leaks compromise their effectiveness.
  • Improper slope – Gutters should be pitched towards downspouts to allow for proper draining of water.
  • Downspouts built too close to the house – This may cause a problem, as you might find your basement flooded.

Solutions for gutter problems

Avoid the above-mentioned problems with these solutions:

  • Clear your gutters and downspouts every spring and fall. If you don’t have the time, hire professional gutter cleaners. Clear your gutters and downspouts more often if you live in a forested area or have a tree in your yard.
  • Buy new hangers and fasteners at your local supply store. They don’t cost much and they’re easy to install. If you think you might damage something, hire a professional to do it for you.
  • Gutter sealant and caulking can take care of simple holes and leaks. If there’s a lot of rusting, however, you might want to hire someone to take care of the replacement procedure.
  • Pitch gutters about a quarter inch per 10 feet sloping to the downspouts.
  • Buy gutter extensions, so your downspouts don’t dump all that water close to your home.

Caring for your gutter system, along with the rest of your roof, can give you peace of mind for a longer time. Neglecting it may lead to more expensive repairs and replacements.