Do you have sizeable repairs to make to your gutters this spring? Sometimes the problems catch you off-guard, or sometimes you’re not surprised at all because you’ve been putting off an issue that you’ve known about for months. There are a number of different things that could be wrong with your gutters this time of year.
Depending on how long you’ve owned your home or had gutters, you may never have experienced a season where gutter trouble was a real issue. Over enough time, however, these issues can rear their ugly head and you will need to make some serious repairs. In case you’re not familiar, here are 4 gutter issues that will require repair:
They could be:
Leaky gutters could be a result of gutters that have become disconnected from each other or from the downspouts. If this is the case, the fix is simply to re-connect wherever the leak exists. The other main cause of leaks is a crack, and this is more serious. Fixing a cracked gutter requires a sealing agent, or purchasing new gutters entirely.
There are two main causes to clogged gutters. The first is that too much debris has built up in the gutters because they are unprotected. The second reason gutters could be clogged is if they are sagging, and are therefore clogged with water. When gutters lose their slight pitch from too much weight or loose nails, water flow ceases. Water will always be coming in, but in this case, it will not be moving out.
Gutters that are detaching from the roof become an issue if ignored. Clearly, if that pattern continues, it’s only a matter of time before they are detached completely and your gutters are lying on the ground.
This problem is normally the result of too much pressure from snow and ice during the winter or too much debris during the fall or spring. In order to fix this problem, the nails holding the gutters in place will have to be nailed back in, potentially into new holes if the old holes are worn out.
This is what happens when disconnected gutters are ignored. There is also the case where a heavy storm or fallen branch knocks a gutter clean off the house. Regardless of how it happens, you know you need major repair, because until gutters are back in place, water will cease to flow away from the house. Anything that might be in that area – deck, patio furniture, plants, etc. – will be subject to damage from the water the gutters are not corralling.
These problems vary in severity, and each requires a different solution. All 4 of these issues require attention and repair. If left ignored, each of these issues can result in damage to your home.