Why are my Gutters Leaking?
Gutters are not something you often put a lot of thought into - until something happens. You come home and happen to notice dripping from your downspout. A significant rain happens, and you recognize your gutters are not containing the water or you happen to see a crack or split in your gutter. What if you find a large pool of water that was never in your yard before? You could even have gutters that are not hanging correctly on your home. You then realize you have a problem that needs to be addressed, but how do you take care of a leaking gutter?
What Causes Gutters to Leak?
Before you can fix the problem, you must know what some potential causes are of leaking gutters. Here we'll look at common causes and solutions to these gutter problems you might be experiencing.
One cause could be a loose downspout. You can easily examine it and see if the downspout has come loose. That could be an easy fix if it's on the first story of your house, but what if it's on the second story. You don't want to climb out on your roof. You could fall off the roof and become severely injured or even die. You'll likely want to hire a professional with the right equipment to handle your house's upper stories safely.
You can see if It's merely a clog. Clogs could be caused by leaves and debris in the gutter. It could also be caused by rodents, birds, or insects making nests in them. If the gutter is clogged you would notice overflow occurring over the edge of the gutter when it rains or no water coming out of the downspout. You can avoid clogs by inspecting and cleaning your gutters at least twice a year. The inspection would be for any dents or seam issues that would catch debris and cause it not to flow along the gutter and out through the downspout.
Cracks or Splitting Seams
If your gutters are not containing the water, you could have a crack or split in the seam of the gutter, allowing water to pour out into places like your flowerbeds, your landscaping, or your foundation. The weight of debris in the gutter and water that isn't draining could cause the seams to split. Cracks can be caused by the same issues or rust in non-aluminum gutters. Water can cause severe damage to landscaping and be detrimental to your foundation. Foundations can become cracked, have leaks, or completely collapse with water pressure around them. Nobody wants problems with their foundation. That's the most critical part of your house. That crack or split needs to be repaired immediately. You can try to repair it yourself, but you'll probably have to hire a professional to fix it. That's not something you want to tackle on your own.
If your fasteners are loose on your gutters, it could cause many issues. It can cause the gutters to sag. But even when they don't make the gutters sag, the screws or hangers that affix the gutters to your home could be loose, causing water to get into your fascia, an open invitation to rot. If the gutters are loose, rain can get behind them, and water can pour directly on the fascia, also causing rot. You may have to have your fascia replaced and your gutters re-hung. This is a project for a professional.
Gutters need to be hung with a slight downward slope, so the water flows down the slope toward the downspouts. Sometimes your gutters can sag over time either due to the weight of the water or loose fasteners. This will cause the slope to change, which is not easy to fix. The sagging sections will need to be re-hung, or the entire gutter will need to be re-hung. This absolutely calls for a professional fix.
What to do when your gutters are leaking?
So, do you try to fix the problem yourself, or do you hire a professional? If you hire a professional, will they fix the individual situation, leaving your gutters vulnerable to future issues, or will they replace them with a similar product?
When you decide to hire a professional, hire LeafGuard, and you'll never have to worry about your gutters again. LeafGuard is the seamless gutter system guaranteed never to clog, or we'll clean your gutters for free. Other gutter systems are multi-piece with seams that are vulnerable to leaks, rust, and sag. LeafGuard's seamless one-piece design has no gaps or seams for water to leak through and won't pull away or sag, guaranteed.
How LeafGuard Can Help
All gutters carry water away from your home, but only LeafGuard does it with a patented, debris shedding design, the premier gutter guard on the market today. No other gutter system is designed to provide LeafGuard’s level of quality protection, eliminating the problems homeowners worry most about:
- Rotting fascia and soffit – water can get behind the gutters and rot the fascia and permeate the soffits causing leaks into your attic.
- Damaged foundation – water that pools around your foundation can cause cracking, leaks or pressure can cause cave-in of the foundation walls.
- Basement flooding – water that gets into the basement becomes trapped and causes flooding and damage to your belongings stored there.
- Damaged driveway – water can cause heaving and cracking when it flows under or across the driveway.
- Landscape erosion – excess water can wash away mulch and dirt from your landscape beds causing damage to your plants.
- Damaged roof – the overflow of clogged gutters can back up onto the roof causing loose roofing and leaks into your attic.
- Mold and mildew – water leaks into your attic or basement can cause mold and mildew to form in your home, which can be a severe health hazard to your family.
- Insects and pests – insects, rodents, and birds build nests in your gutters causing clogs.
How to Prevent Gutters from Leaking
Homeowners can prevent their gutters from leaking by inspecting and cleaning them at least twice a year. Any issues can be repaired upon completion of the inspection and cleaning. This can be aggravating and time-consuming. Or you can forget all this maintenance and get Leaf Guard gutters which are maintenance-free.
LeafGuard's seamless one-piece design is more robust and durable than any gutter system. With LeafGuard, quality and durability are built-in. LeafGuard gutters are made from aluminum 20% thicker than the industry standard and downspouts 30% larger than our competitors, providing strength against cracking or splitting. The gutters are supported every two feet, twice the industry standard, ensuring protection against the harshest of weather conditions.
LeafGuard – Get it. And forget it. You'll never have to worry about leaking gutters again.
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