As your gutter system is one of your home’s first lines of defense against the elements, it’s vital that they remain in top form. Unfortunately, there are some instances when your gutters will sustain some kind of damage, either due to age or the elements. Thankfully, with the aid of gutter installation experts, these issues can easily be resolved.
Here are the four problems your gutters could face and how professionals can fix them.
1. Overflowing rain gutters – Overflowing rain gutters can pose a serious problem for both your home’s walls and foundations. Since your gutters aren’t able to properly divert the runoff rainwater away from your home, the water can instead fall to the ground and seep beneath the soil, causing damage to your home’s foundation. Depending on the cause of the overflow, your professionals can either clean the gutters (in case of clogs) or replace the system entirely (if the gutters are inadequately sized).
2. Leaking rain gutters – If you notice that your gutters are leaking, it’s likely that the joints between the sections are beginning to separate or have holes. To repair this, your gutter repair experts will first allow the insides of the gutters to dry out before applying silicone or a special gutter caulking compound along the seams to seal the leaks. The small holes, on the other hand, can be patched up with roofing cement.
3. Clogged or loose downspouts – At times, your home’s downspouts can begin to loosen, affecting their performance. This happens when the elbows in the downspout’s sections become clogged with debris. Rectifying this issue will require your professionals to take the sections apart and remove the debris. To prevent this from occurring in the future, you can opt to install a gutter protection system to minimize the amount of debris that falls on the gutters.
4. Pooling runoff water – Even if your downspout is working, if it dumps rainwater at the base of your exterior walls, this moisture can still soak into the soil and eventually work its way into your home’s foundation. With that in mind, you’ll need to direct rainwater away from your home. To accomplish this, have your professionals install a diverter on your downspouts so it’ll carry the water a few feet away from your home.
Want to install a gutter protection system in your home? Simply turn to Gutter Helmet® of Dallas Fort Worth. Give us a call at (817) 495-7278 or (817) 845-3066. You can also fill out our contact form to schedule our services.