Rain gutters that are not installed properly can cause significant damage to your home’s siding, foundation, and other structures. Some people choose to install gutters themselves rather than hire a professional. If they are not set up precisely, gutters can misdirect water to areas where it causes damage or can become clogged. Lack of routine cleaning and maintenance can also cause damage. These are the most common problems with gutters.
Gutters need to be pitched correctly in order to direct water to the downspouts. Improper pitch can slow the rate at which water flows and lead to standing water, erosion, rust, mosquitoes, and damage to the roof, siding, and foundation.
Not having enough downspouts, or placing them at the wrong locations, can cause water to get backed up and overflow during a storm. This can cause the same problems that can result from improper pitch.
Water that leaves gutters needs to be directed away from the house. In newer homes, underground drainpipes are often connected to downspouts. In older houses, water is carried away by splash blocks near the downspouts. If a gutter system does not have one of these features, water will get into and under the foundation. This can lead to standing water in a crawl space, mold, mildew, dry rot, and settlement of the foundation.
Another common problem is a lack of flashing between the back of the gutters and the wooden supports on the roof. If that is missing, water and debris in the gutters comes into contact with bare wood and often leads to dry rot, termites, and insect infestation.
When gutters become loose or damaged, the flow of water is not controlled. Water can get into windows, doors, siding, the foundation, and other areas and cause significant damage.
If gutters are not cleaned on a regular basis, they can become clogged with leaves, twigs, and other types of debris. This can cause water to stagnate and overflow. Clogged gutters can lead to erosion, rust, breeding of mosquitoes, and damage to the roof, siding, and foundation.
If vegetation is allowed to grow in gutters, it can pull them down and make them unable to function. The gutters, roof, siding, and foundation can become damaged, and termites and ants can make their homes in the gutters.
At Connecticut Gutter & Exteriors, we frequently see these problems with homeowners’ gutters. If your gutters were not installed or maintained properly and are damaged or leaking, they can cause costly damage to your home. Don’t wait to get them fixed. Contact us today to schedule an inspection and get an estimate for repairs.