Rain gutters aren’t an exciting thing. Most people wish they can install and forget about them altogether. External elements like strong winds and the scorching sun can be harsh on your gutter, however. The next thing you know, you will have to deal with a flooded basement or worse, a damaged foundation.
Like it or not, your gutters are the only thing that separates you from a home plagued by water damage. It’s important to address problems with your gutters immediately and make sure they’re in good working condition when rainy days come.
Here are the most common gutter problems and how to fix them:
If you have clogged gutters…
Leaves, twigs, and stagnant rainwater can clog your gutters, rendering them practically useless. If you’re comfortable climbing up a ladder and getting yourself wet, it’s easy enough to clean the gutters by flushing them with water. Otherwise, Double T. Inc recommends contacting a gutter repair service in Salt Lake City to do the cleaning for you.
If your gutters have holes in them…
Rust or falling sharp objects can drive holes into your gutter, but you can patch them up with a little bit of roofing cement and a metal repair patch. Make sure to choose a patch that matches the type of metal used for your gutter.
If your gutters have standing water…
The problem is most likely due to improperly pitched gutters. To fix this, measure the distance between the peak and the downspout to find which section is misaligned. You can adjust the section simply by bending a hanger. In more extreme cases, though, you’ll have to take down that section and hang it again.
If you have sagging gutters…
The heavy weight of standing water and debris can cause gutters made from flexible metals to sag. The problem usually lies in the hangers, the hardware that attaches the gutters to the fascia. Fortunately, the solution for this is easy. You simply have to replace the hangers, possibly with longer ones to make sure the gutter is hung securely.
Fixing gutters is relatively simple. As long as you don’t mind getting your hands dirty and your gutters aren’t too high, you can easily take care of the most common problems people encounter with their gutters.