How to Fix These Common Gutter Problems

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Having a properly installed and maintained gutter system is needed to remove water from your roof and direct it away from your home. Even if a gutter system is installed properly, problems can arise down the road if it’s not properly maintained. A lack of maintenance can result in property flooding and a handful of water damage problems.

Poor Pitch
A gutter system needs to be pitched at the right angle in order for rainfall and melted snow to properly drain towards the downspouts. If your gutters have standing water in them after it rains, the pitch of the gutters should be corrected. For every 10 feet of gutter, you’re going to need at least a quarter inch of slope for proper draining to the downspout.

Clogs & Blockages
When your gutters and downspouts are filled with leaves, sticks, debris, and sometimes animals, water will have a difficult time draining away from your home. Oftentimes, clogged gutters will flood with water and overflow onto the edges of the roof. This can cause roof leaks, water damage, rot, and mold growth; which will burn a deeper hole into your pockets. Make sure you inspect your gutters every month or so to make sure there are no blockages present.

Pooling By the Downspouts
When water is channeled from the roof to the gutters to the downspouts, it will be directed out and away from the home. However, it isn’t uncommon for water to drain at the base of the house and flood this area. To prevent flooding near the home’s foundation, consider installing splash blocks or installing extended downspouts.

When your gutter system experiences problems, it’s important to fix them immediately to prevent flooding, roof leaks, and possible water damage. When your gutter system or roof needs repair or replacement, contact Preferred Exterior. To learn more, or to schedule a free estimate, give us a call at (516) 354-7252.

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