Installing gutters is a proven way to prevent water damage to your home. Like every roofing component, gutters can develop problems over time if not maintained properly. An unaddressed gutter problem can snowball into a major issue, affecting how your gutters moves water away from your home’s foundation.
In Santa Rosa, we’ve seen common causes of gutter damage include improper gutter installation, lack of maintenance, and age-related deterioration. Wherever the reason for gutter damage, address problems as soon as possible to prevent long-term consequences.
Here are some common gutter problems and how to address them.
Loose and Sagging Gutters
Loose gutters are easy to identify and fix. You know a gutter is loose, if you can see a strip of sky between it and the wall. Even if there is a small gap between a gutter and your fascia board, re-secure it as soon as possible.
Another common problem that homeowners face is sagging gutters. How can you tell if your gutters are sagging? Take a few steps from your home! If your gutters do not appear to be in a straight line all the way across, they are sagging. Re-secure or re-pitch sagging gutters as necessary before they pull off of the wall and fall down.
Loose Gutter Spikes
A gutter spike is basically a big nail that drives through the gutter and into your fascia board. Gutter spikes hold and mount gutters to the wall. Loose gutter spikes hang out and should be tapped back in. You can use a hammer or a rubber mallet to tap hanging gutter spikes back into their position.
Too many loose gutter spikes can indicate an underlying problem. Remember the hole wears out over time. If you re-nail your gutter spikes too often, they can come loose sooner than expected.
Missing Gutter or Downspout Straps
Gutter straps are installed every 18-24 inches. A gutter strap goes around the outside of the gutter. Downspout brackets go across the face of downspouts. When some gutter straps are missing, the pressure on the other straps can increase and they can come loose faster than expected.
Missing downspout straps can cause your downspout to come off the wall. Fortunately, these are not serious or expensive problems. You can easily find and install downspout brackets for your gutters.
Failing Gutter Seams
A gutter seam is formed at the point where two gutter sections meet or at the point where a gutter meets a corner miter. Seams are supposed to be sealed. Over time, they fail and start to leak. To prevent problems, re-seal failing seams. However, be sure to choose a dry day for the repairs. If your gutters are dirty and wet, clean them and wait a couple of days before carrying out repairs.
At ARS Roofing, Gutters & Solar, we have years of experience carrying out roof repairs for Santa Rosa homeowners. Whether your gutters have become clogged and do not drain properly or you have damaged flashing, we can help. To make an appointment, call (707) 584-5900.