Common Gutter Problems and How to Fix Them
One of the best maintenance tips for your gutters is to make sure they stay clean. Regularly remove leaves and other debris from your gutters to prevent blockages or heavy buildup that can weigh down your gutter. Check for built up mud in your gutters as well. If you aren’t able to remove debris by hand or with a regular hose, hire a professional contractor to clean them.
Renting or borrowing a pressure washer to clean them out is also an option. However, if your gutters or roof are not in proper shape, pressure washing on your own can cause damage. It’s best to hire a professional, but if you do it yourself make sure you follow the pressure washer instructions carefully and don’t spray the gutters at too high of an angle. You’ll want to make sure all of your gutters are secure before pressure washing them. You can collect and use decomposed leaves found in gutters as mulch for plants, mulch helps protect plants from cold temperatures.
If your gutters are loose or sagging without the weight of debris, inspect them to see if the spikes are secure. Spikes hold the gutter to the roof, check to make sure the spikes are going through the gutter and into the rafter. If spikes are no longer secure, invest in new spikes. Loose gutters can also cause the backflow of water. You’ll know you have backflow if there are puddles forming in your gutters or if water is spilling near your home. However, improperly pitched gutters can cause issues too. Have a professional contractor check your gutters if you think they are pitched incorrectly so that the contractor can correct the slope.
Another issue you might run into is leaking gutters. To check for leaks, run hose water through them and look for leaks. To repair small holes, clean the area thoroughly and apply silicone caulk to seal it.
If your gutters are rusting, that’s a sign that they are outdated. New gutter systems are made of materials that do not rust. Consider replacing your gutters if they are overaged.
It’s always best to have an experienced contractor repair or replace gutter system to ensure that they are fitted properly and meet industry standards. At Carson roofing we offer full replacement seamless gutter systems, gutter repairs, gutter cleaning, partial replacement seamless gutter systems, and Leaf Smart Gutter Protection. To get a free estimate for your gutter system click here https://carsonroofs.com/contact-form/