When they are working correctly, gutters should allow rainwater to flow away from your house. If they are not installed properly or have become damaged or clogged with debris, gutters can begin to leak. This can cause damage to your house’s siding, foundation, or landscaping. Gutter leaks can have several causes. Here are some tips to help you figure out why your gutters are leaking and how to fix the problem.
When debris such as leaves, twigs, and pine needles accumulates in gutters, it can cause them to get clogged and prevent water from flowing correctly. The water will build up in the gutters and eventually flow over the side. The simplest solution is to clean your gutters at least twice a year to prevent clogs.
Too much weight on gutters can cause them to sag. Gutters that are not installed correctly may not have the right slope to allow water to flow away. This can cause water to drain slowly and cause the gutters to become loose or separated or even to fall down. Use a level to find out if the gutters are sloped correctly and make adjustments if needed.
Loose or Falling down Gutters
Gutters can become loose or even fall off the house if they are not installed with enough gutter hangers. They can also become loosened by wind, debris, or a ladder leaned against them. Water can get behind the gutters instead of flowing into them. You should check your gutters from time to time to make sure they are not loose and replace or add gutter hangers if necessary.
Gutters Separated at the Seams
Gutters can become separated at the seams if the screws come out or the sealant wears away. Water will flow through the gaps and fall to the ground. When you inspect your gutters, check the seams by pouring water near them to see if it leaks out through gaps. If the seams are leaking, repair them by adding sealant or replacing screws that are missing.
Galvanized steel and copper gutters can become corroded when moisture builds up. This can cause leaks. If your gutters are rusted, you should have them repaired or replaced.
Get an Estimate for Gutter Repairs
Connecticut Gutter & Exteriors can help you identify the reason why your gutters are leaking, make any necessary repairs, and clean them to prevent future leaks. If your gutters are leaking, don’t wait to have them fixed because this could result in damage to your home. Contact us today to schedule a gutter inspection.