Common Gutter Issues You Should Know About

Common Gutter Issues You Should Know About

Proper gutter maintenance is one of the most important aspects of protecting your home from the elements. Without routine inspection, cleaning, and repair, even the smallest of gutter clogs can lead to massive damage to your roof, siding, foundation, and more. Safeguard your property by keeping an eye out for these common gutter issues you should know about.

Leaks, Cracks, and Corrosion

When the metal of the gutter becomes damaged, it creates plenty of problems for your home. Water stains on the exterior, peeling paint, or areas of the gutter that are visibly deteriorating are all tell-tale signs of damage. If you notice any of these indicators, it’s important to address them promptly. Be sure to hire professionals who know how to repair these issues or replace gutters effectively without damaging the roof or gutter system. Regular inspections, particularly after storms or harsh weather, can help you catch issues like leaks and corrosion early.

Gutter Clogs

Gutter clogs are the product of debris such as leaves, twigs, and dirt running off the roof and building up in the gutters. When water cannot flow freely through the gutter system, it begins to back up, potentially causing water to pool by your roof and eventually overflow. This overflow can damage your roof and home exterior, leading to water damage and other issues like mold. Clogged gutters can also lead to sagging, ice dams, and other common gutter issues you should know about.

The most effective preventive measure for gutter clogs is regular cleaning. You should aim to clean your gutters at least twice a year, and more frequently if your home is surrounded by a lot of trees. Installing gutter guards can also reduce the amount of debris entering the system.

Sagging Gutters

Sagging gutters are often the result of a combination of factors, including clogs, improper installation, or the weight of snow and ice. Over time—especially without proper maintenance—gutters can pull away from the fascia board, creating an eyesore and a functional issue.

To fix a sagging gutter, you may need to replace any damaged hangers and reattach it to the fascia board. Preventative measures include cleaning out debris regularly and making sure you hire professionals to properly install, repair, or replace gutter systems to ensure they have sufficient sloping and support.

Ice Dams

Ice dams occur when warm air from the attic interior melts the snow on the roof, causing the water to run down to the eaves and re-freeze. This can damage shingles, cause leaks in the roof, create sagging gutters, and prevent water from properly draining through the gutter system.

One way to prevent ice dams is to make sure your attic is properly insulated to prevent that warm air from melting ice on the roof. Additionally, ensure that your gutters are clear of debris before winter weather hits. This will allow melting snow and ice to drain from the roof effectively.

Don’t leave the state of your gutters up to fate. Work with the experts at Pacific Gutter Company to protect and maintain your gutter system. Whether you need routine maintenance or want to install gutter guard protection, Pacific Gutter Company has the solutions and services you need to keep your home safe and dry.

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