How To Tell When Your Downspouts Aren’t Working

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Water accumulating in the foundation of your home is a sign that your downspouts are not working. This may be caused by clogs or loose downspouts at the point where they meet the top part of the gutter. The issue could also be the result of a defect in the gutter system. These unwanted pools of water can cause foundation damage, soil erosion, and mold. Getting the downspouts repaired can easily prevent this and help you avoid costly and time-consuming replacements in the future.

When Should You Call A Professional

1. Clogged Gutters

Leaves, twigs and other kinds of debris can clog a gutter and downspout. This could lead to water getting stuck in the gutter without being able to flow out, which leads to an overflow of water. This can lead to water damage and erosion.

2. Sagging Gutters and Gutters Pulling Away

Gutters sag when the hardware that fastens it to the fascia have deteriorated, or they’re spaced out too far apart unable to take the weight of the full gutter. The weight of the debris can cause the gutter to break or pull away from the fascia and eventually damage the foundation. When such a problem occurs, new hangers and fasteners need to be installed.

3. Leaks and Holes

Small and large leaks can be found in the gutter. The small leaks can be repaired with gutter sealant, while the larger ones can be covered with a patch. However, it is wise to seek the help of a professional gutter repair service for fixing leaks and holes.

4. Improperly Pitched Gutters

In order for the water to flow properly, the gutters need to be pitched toward the downspouts. A gutter must have at least a quarter inch of slope for every 10 feet, otherwise, the water will get stuck in the gutter and lead to other problems. The problem can be solved by taking either all or part of the gutter down and then hanging it back to the correct pitch.

5. Downspouts Draining Too Close to the House

The water from the downspout needs to be carried several feet away from the house. If it is too close to the house, the water will seep under the foundation and can damage it

Importance of Gutter Cleaning

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The effects of clogged gutters cost millions of dollars each year in water damage, basement flooding and foundation erosion, not to mention that they are a perfect breeding ground for mosquitoes, termites, and mold.

Gutter cleaning is an ongoing and very important home maintenance task that should not be ignored until the fall season. Most home experts recommend that you clean your gutters three to four times each year (spring, summer, early and late fall).

All deciduous trees produce an organic litter in the form of buds, flowers, seeds, small bits of bark, twigs, and leaves on a never-ending annual cycle. Evergreens are just as bad as they shed needles and other bits of debris throughout the year. In addition, after each rainstorm, asphalt from roof shingles runs off into your gutters, inevitably causing them to clog.