Gutters are that one part of the house that we don’t ever pay much attention to. These need to be paid special attention to as if they are damaged, and then it can cause long-term damage to the house. It is usually not that hard to clear. When you have a regular maintenance program in place, your gutters will have a longer life and save your house from damage. If your gutter has been damaged or you need an expert opinion, reach out to D’Angelo, and they would be more than happy to help you. We have listed below some of the common problems which require gutter repair.
- Clogged Gutters:
When the gutter is clogged, it won’t drain properly and begin to overflow during the rainy season. When the water doesn’t drain properly, it might start to impact the foundation of the house. Regular cleaning of the gutter could prevent this clogging from happening. The maintenance program depends on the climate you live in. You must do it by late falls so that your gutters are free of leaves. You could also consider installing a cover on the gutter, but they also require regular maintenance.
- Sagging Gutters:
Accumulation of debris, twigs, and leaves can cause the gutters to sag. This weight of the debris makes the hangers of the gutter loose. They eventually pull out when they are no longer able to support this excessive weight. You could easily solve this problem by tightening the screws. But if the sagging has caused the hangers to be further apart, you can install new hangers and place them closer to each other.
- Leaks and holes in the gutter:
Sometimes the water begins to pour or trickle down from the middle of the gutters. These leaks and holes can be easily fixed. The larger holes usually require patching, which can be done with the help of a gutter sealant. You can buy a patching kit from any hardware store and repair your gutter. When you are patching your gutter, ensure that you use the same material as the gutter. Using a different material might cause erosion.
- Damaged or knocked down gutters:
Heavy rainstorms or windstorms can knock down or even damage your gutters. After this happens, if the gutter is not broken, you can rehang them. Certain areas of the gutter which has faced extensive damage might need replacing. You can do nothing to prevent this kind of damage as it is caused by nature.
- Gutters that have not been appropriately angled:
Gutters need to be placed at a proper angle so that water can flow correctly. The slope should be set at ¼ inch for every 10 feet of the gutter. This makes it easier to determine whether the gutter is at the right angle or not. If you see standing water in your gutters, then there is a need to adjust them. You can do this by bending the gutter.