One of the most common problems homeowners encounter with their gutters is sagging. If your gutters are sagging, water from rain or melting snow can run downhill in two directions and spill over the sides of the gutters. When it falls to the ground, the water can erode your lawn and landscaping, flood the basement, and even cause damage to your house’s foundation.
Reasons Why Gutters Can Sag
Gutters can sag for several reasons. The most common cause of sagging gutters is clogs. Debris that falls in gutters can accumulate, form blockages, and prevent water from flowing to the downspouts. The weight of debris and water can cause the section of the gutters closest to the clog to sag. If gutter screws or hooks are not attached correctly, small cracks can form and catch loose debris.
Another common cause is warping of the gutter material. Aluminum, vinyl, and steel gutters expand in the summer and contract in the winter. These changes can be lessened by applying a non-corrosive coating to aluminum gutters or using galvanized steel gutters, but the material can still become warped eventually and need to be replaced.
Gutters can also sag because they were installed incorrectly. If the gutter hangers are placed more than three feet apart, the weight of the gutter, leaves, pine needles, and other debris can put too much stress on the hangers. This can create an uneven weight distribution and cause sections of the gutters to sag. If the gutters are not sloped correctly, water will accumulate inside them and get backed up. This will put extra weight on the gutters and can cause them to sag.
How to Prevent Sagging Gutters
The easiest way to prevent your gutters from sagging is to clean them twice a year. This will remove any debris and prevent clogs from forming. You should also have your gutters inspected to make sure the hooks and screws are attached correctly, there are no cracks, and the pitch is correct. If any cracks, holes, or rust are found, you should have the gutters repaired or replaced as soon as possible to prevent sagging.
Connecticut Gutter & Exteriors can clean your gutters, inspect them for sagging or problems that could lead to it, and make any necessary repairs. If your gutters are sagging from the weight of water and debris, or if it has been a while since your last cleaning and inspection, contact us today to schedule an appointment to have us clean and check your gutters for problems so we can make any repairs that are needed.