Gutters that are free of debris and working correctly allow rainwater to flow away from the roof and prevent damage to the rest of the house. If gutters are clogged or damaged, water can get behind the roofing shingles and cause damage, such as rot. This damage can lead to leaks inside the house and expensive repairs.
How Gutter Leaks Cause Damage to Soffits and Fascia
If residue is left on the edges of the shingles after water flows to the gutters, it can get behind the gutters and accumulate on the soffits. This can eventually lead to wood rot in the soffits and fascia.
One way to prevent this from happening is to use a drip edge. This creates a barrier that redirects drops of water into the gutters so they do not damage the soffits and fascia. Many newer homes have drip edges, but they are less common on older homes.
Another source of damage to soffits and fascia is holes in box gutters. With box gutters, flashing goes directly to the gutters, so a drip edge is not needed, but the gutters can still develop holes and separate.
There are several signs that can indicate your soffits or fascia are damaged. You might see bubbling paint, water marks, holes or gaps in the wood, or the wood may always appear wet.
How to Prevent Gutter Leaks
Gutter leaks can lead to major problems if they are not addressed. You should have your gutters cleaned at least twice a year to remove any leaves, twigs, and other debris that are clogging them and prevent leaks that could damage other parts of the house, such as the soffits and fascia. Your gutters can be clogged even if you do not have trees near your home because leaves and other debris can be blown or carried to the gutters by animals.
Get an Estimate for Gutter Cleaning and Home Repairs
If your soffits and fascia have become damaged by leaking gutters, call Connecticut Gutter & Exteriors. We can clean your gutters and make any necessary repairs to the gutters and your soffits and fascia. Don’t wait to get the damage repaired because it will only get worse. Contact Connecticut Gutter & Exteriors today for an estimate.