Types of Gutter Problems
& How to Fix Them
Clogged gutters occur when something gets stuck in the gutters and prevents water from flowing freely. This is common in fall and winter months when leaves fall on your roof. Fixing a clogged gutter is easy. You just need to remove the debris that is keeping water from draining.
Gutters are located in a prominent spot to take the brunt of most storms that come through our area including wind, hail, and snow. Over time, the force from the weather can cause damage to gutters including cracks, loose fasteners, or missing components. Check your gutters several times per year for loose or missing fasteners and reattach or replace when necessary.
Holes can slowly form in gutters during their use. These are often caused by water staying in one area. Even the smallest amounts of water can cause erosion and rust over time. If larger holes are apparent, a gutter replacement could be necessary.
Change in Slope
Professional gutter companies install gutter systems to properly align with the roof and the earth around the home. Over time, earth, and homes can shift as they settle which can cause the gutters to become unaligned. This change in slope can also occur if there is too much weight on the gutters. When this occurs, you need to realign the gutters to properly drain water away from the home.
To prevent gutter issues, it is best to perform routine inspections and maintenance throughout the year. Lack of gutter maintenance can lead to greater damage later on.