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