Gutters are one of the smaller parts of a home’s exterior but have a lot of major needs. A gutters’ purpose is to take rainwater and run it away from the roof and the home’s foundation. This ensures that water does not build up around the foundation of the home, which minimizes the risk of water intrusion in the basement and foundation erosion. If your gutters begin to leak, this water pooling can lead to damage for the house.
One of the most common reasons why gutters leak is because they’re clogged. Leaves, twigs, and debris will force the gutters to become weighed down, which may cause separation in areas between the gutter and edge of the home’s fascia. When this happens, water does not drain off the roof into the gutter properly and instead spills right into the foundation below it.
Gutters are a system of pieces that connect and work together to move water from the home. The connecting pieces are attached by joints that can begin to wear over time. This can cause leaks in these areas, which may need to be fixed or replaced.
Gutters are attached to the home by pieces called “hangers”. Hangers can become loose due to excess weight in the gutters or deterioration. This will cause the gutters to separate from the home’s fascia and lead to improper spacing, which can contribute to problems.
The most frequent cause of water in your basement and foundation failure is a downspout becoming unattached. It’s worth the time to periodically check to make sure your downspouts are attached and draining water away from your home.
These less obvious components of your home’s exterior can have a lasting detrimental effect on your home if not checked on a regular basis. If you have questions about your gutters, please give us a call. We will gladly give you advice or an estimate for 5” high capacity gutters with 4” downspouts. These feature convenient “tip-ups,” a bracket that attaches to the downspouts that allows you to raise them for yard work and keeps them attached during rain and wind storms.