Repairing a gutter system takes a lot of work that no amount of duct tape could fix. Depending on the extent of the damage, entire gutter systems may need to be replaced. Other times, the problem can be fixed by resealing or re-securing the gutter. In any case, the first step to solving your gutter problem is figuring out what the problem is in the first place.
Signs That Your Gutter Needs Fixing
You never realize how essential your gutter is until it stops working. Before you know it, your gutter is sloshing water in places it shouldn’t be sloshed. The gutter doesn’t quite get the credit it deserves. A beautiful roof and a well-kept lawn add value to your property, but a non-functioning gutter can create a pool of costly problems.
When your gutter is working the way it should, water is neatly diverted. Without a gutter, water runs straight off the roof, eroding your soil and staining your exterior walls. A faulty gutter can cause foundation and structural issues, and if left unattended, can cause leaks inside the home. Water might be good for you, but it’s not so great for a home that’s meant to be warm and dry.
If you’ve noticed land erosion, that’s a sign that your gutter is in need of repair.
When to Repair
If the damage in your gutter is localized to a couple of sections or less, you can probably get away with replacing just those segments while keeping the rest of your gutter intact. Sometimes rust creates small holes or cracks that don’t allow the water to flow the way it should. If you spot a small hole, patch it as soon as you can. Be sure to patch it with a metal flashing that matches the gutter material. Sealing up small holes and cracks can save you from having to replace an entire gutter section that has been largely rusted through.
If a gutter joint or seam is leaking, make sure that the two connecting sections are fastened correctly. You can fix loose hangers by tightening them with a drill, but if the hangers are bent, they’ll probably need to be replaced. Hiring a professional is going to save you money, time, and energy.
When to Replace
If your gutter is maintained, you can probably catch small problems before they get out of hand. Unfortunately, some of these small problems are easily missed, and before you know it, large parts of your gutter are goners. Rust is an irreversible process If you’ve several rust spots throughout your gutter system, it might be worthwhile to replace the system altogether.
If your gutter hangers are just hanging on for dear life, it might be time to replace your gutter. A loose hanger can sometimes be fixed by fastening the screws, but if the fascia boards are rotting or deteriorating, you’ll probably need to get a gutter contractor in to fix the issue.
A sagging pitch is not usually something that can be “repaired” without starting from scratch. By hiring a gutter contractor, you can get new gutters installed that are correctly pitched so water is diverted properly.
There are many other reasons why hiring a gutter contractor to come and diagnosis your gutter problem might be worthwhile. Some other issues including water damage, denting or buckling, will likely require full-on gutter replacement.
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