Gutter Problems | Best Pick Reports
Gutter sagging. Too much
weight inside your gutters can cause them to sag or pull away from your
home. Sagging often occurs when there is a buildup of excess debris
inside the gutters themselves, such as when gutters are not cleaned
often enough. Gutters may also pull away from the home when the
surrounding wood rots or the hangers that secure the gutters to the
wood have become damaged or bent. Sagging gutters may lead to leaks and
standing water, a breeding ground for insects. This problem can often
be solved by readjusting, replacing, or fixing any malfunctioning
hangers or spikes. This may be difficult to do if the wood surrounding
these hangers is rotten or old. A gutter installation professional
should have the necessary tools for the repair. However, at some point,
it may be more cost effective to replace the gutters than to continue
to fix them.
Gutter leaks. Leaks can
occur at loose joints, corroded areas, or holes or cracks in the gutter
material. A leaky gutter can cause water damage to the surrounding
fascia and can lead to water damage inside your home as water seeps
into the basement or foundation. If gutters are tight against the
siding, water may seep directly into the wall. The best time to check
for leaks is during rainy weather, when you can see exactly how your
water drainage system is performing in action.
Overflowing gutters. Gutter
overflow with traditional gutters usually occurs when gutters are too
small, the pitch of the gutters is off, or they are full of debris.
Gutter cap systems may overshoot when they are improperly installed or
are in certain high-flow areas, like the bottom of a valley in the
roof. During gutter overflow, water will bypass the gutters and land
directly on the ground below. This increases the chance of flooding or
water damage to your home.