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The most common gutter problems

Rain gutters and downspouts are a critical component in helping to maintain a home and landscaping. The primary job of a gutter system is to collect and carry away rainwater. Without a good water management system in place, water can splash onto the siding causing staining, paint chipping, or a potential for leaks into a crawl space or basement area. Water can also cause soil erosion around the foundation.

Gutters are often installed by professionals, but can also be easily installed by the do-it-yourselfer. Anyone can purchase gutter components at a local home centre or lumberyard fairly inexpensively. Ensuring that your home’s gutters are in proper working order is the first line of defence for protecting your home against water hazards.

Here are the most

1: A gutter has pulled away from the house or is sagging. Ferrules are commonly used on most gutters to hold them in place. These can separate from the siding over time and may need to be replaced. Additionally, some installers may space the gutter mounting or hanging systems too far apart which can cause the gutter to sag or pull away from the house.

2: A leaky joint. Gutters can fail when joints between the lengths begin to leak. Note that seamless gutters can also have leaks as well. Fixing a leaky joint can be done simply by replacing with a new joint.

3: Patching a hole. Gutters can develop holes through some different ways. Branches and other debris are primarily responsible for creating holes. Additionally, rust can destroy through some kinds of gutters and form holes. Holes can grow larger quickly so as soon as a hole is detected, it should be patched. If the gutter is metal, then a metal repair patch kit can be used on the damaged area. A tube of roofing cement is an easy fix that can also be used for patching a hole.

4: A gutter is not draining properly. The gutter could be sagging, or it’s not sloping correctly toward the downspout. Put a level on the gutter to see if it is exactly level. Notwithstanding gutters seeming even, they really should be installed with a slight angle to ensure that the water will drain towards the downspouts.

5: Selecting the wrong type of gutter. Choosing the right type of gutter can be extremely confusing as the decisions include selecting the right size, style, material and gauges. There is a wide range of options available. Note that the normal house gutter is between 5 to 6 inches from side to side. The gauge of the gutter is also important especially in locations where weather can be harsh.

6: Improper placement of the downspouts. This can cause gutters to do more work and need repair faster. The proper placement of downspouts is critical in having a good functioning rain gutter system.

7: Dirty or plugged gutters. Each year your home’s rain gutter system should be inspected for leaks and debris. Cleaning the gutters out can be done with a plastic gutter scoop that can be purchased inexpensively at a home improvement store or cleared out with water from a hose.

When properly installed, gutters can be a great line of defense against water for any home. If not installed correctly, then gutters can damage a house. There is a wide variety of gutter types ranging from copper, aluminum, steel and plastic. You can also choose between seam or seamless gutters. Hiring a professional is a good way to go to ensure that you are providing the best line of defence of water protection for your home.