Replacing Gutters and Fascia

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When water lands on your roof, it has to go somewhere, which is why the gutters are so important.  They collect and divert the rain to make sure the water won’t damage your roof or the foundation. When they are functioning correctly, Water that falls on the roof, flows through the gutters off the roof and into the ground. However, debris in gutters can clog that flow and cause gutters to stop working and since the inside of your gutters are not easily seen, those obstructions can often go unnoticed.

At the simplest level, keeping a maintenance calendar for your home will ensure that you take care of low interval care like gutter cleaning and inspection at least once a year. With all of the smartphone apps and utilities available, setting up a calendar is not a huge chore. Regardless of how you remind yourself, you will need to get a ladder out and carefully inspect your gutters and downspouts. First and foremost, be safe! Clean debris and look for signs of leaks. Make sure gutters aren’t sagging and trapping water and tighten any gutter hangers or downspout brackets that are loose. Finally, replace any worn or damaged components.

It is important to keep your gutters clean, but sometimes they need to be replaced.  The same is true for the fascia, the boards that back them and offer protection to the end of your rafters.  Make sure your gutters and fascia are properly taken care of and properly replaced.  Call The Gutter Pros at 443-880-4813.

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