Designed to divert water from the roof, rain gutters play the key role of protecting structural foundations from water damage. To keep your gutter system and your home’s foundation in top condition, it is vital that you clean and maintain them. A gutter system can encounter many issues because of wear and extreme weather.
Here is a look at some of the most recurring gutter problems and their solutions:
Clogged or Blocked Gutters
This is the most common problem faced by homeowners. Leaves, dirt and debris can fill up gutters and block them. Cleaning is the best way to prevent buildup of leaves, dirt and debris and ensure smooth water flow.
Clean your gutter systems twice a year, especially if you live in a place where downpours and storms are common. A shovel, hose and hand gloves is all you need to clean a rain gutter.
Cracks or holes can cause water leakages. Leaks occur usually near the joints of a gutter system. Inspect your gutter system to see if it is properly fitted into the joint. To fix this problem, contact a professional contractor immediately. Keep in mind, if you don’t seek help urgently, a small leak can eventually become a much bigger problem.
Different gutter systems have different life spans. According to the National Association of Home Builders, copper gutters can survive for over 50 years, while aluminum gutters have a 20-year lifespan.
But, a gutter system can meet their estimated life expectancy if you care for them. A professional roofing contractor can restore the condition of a worn out gutter system by using proper materials and equipment.
Rain gutters need to be pitched correctly so that water can flow smoothly. In order to correctly pitch a gutter, the slope should be a quarter inch for every 10 feet of gutter.
If you see standing water in your gutter after a downpour, your gutter needs to be pitched properly. Contact a professional roofing contractor for this job.
Sagging gutters are usually a sign of loose or weak hangers. Hangers are used to attach gutters to the roof. You can replace loose hangers easily. Climb up a ladder and attach the hanger with screws to the roof.
If you are looking for gutter installation or replacement in Maryland, Washington DC and Virginia, contact us.
With more than 12 years of experience, Jireh General Contractors LLC specializes in providing reliable and efficient roofing and gutter installation, repair and replacement services for residential and commercial property owners.