5 Common Gutter Problems That Require Repairs

By anderson

  • March 15, 2016
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Many Cincinnati homeowners view gutter problems as more of a nuisance than a pressing issue. However, the reason gutter problems need to be taken seriously is they can cause a wide range of damage. If an issue with a gutter is left unresolved, it can lead to soil erosion, foundation cracking or basement flooding. The excess water generated by gutter problems can also cause paint, window, door or siding damage.

To understand what kind of problems may arise with your gutters, here are the five most common we see at Anderson Gutter:

1. Gutters Clogged with Debris

Leaves, twigs and other kinds of debris can clog a gutter. As this type of clog gets worse, it can reach the point where water is no longer able to flow through the gutter. That will lead to an overflow and an excess of water that can cause the types of problems covered above. In addition to cleaning out gutters on a regular basis, gutter protection in Cincinnati can be an effective way to keep gutters clear.

2. Sagging Gutters and Gutters Pulling Away from the House

When gutters start to sag or pull away from a house, it’s generally a hardware issue. Being spaced too far apart, backing out of the wood or deterioration are all potential reasons that hardware can fail. Fixing this problem requires the installation of new hangers and fasteners.

3. Leaks and Holes

If a gutter is leaking, it may be possible to repair it with gutter sealant. And for larger holes, patching can work. With this kind of problem, it is worth consulting with a professional to determine if gutter repair in Cincinnati or replacement makes more sense.

4. Gutters That Are Improperly Pitched

Simply having gutters installed and keeping them free of debris isn’t enough to ensure that they won’t have any issues. It’s also important that they have the correct pitch. If a gutter doesn’t have at least a quarter inch of slope for every 10 feet, water will get stuck inside the gutter and lead to other problems. The solution to this problem is to take part or all of the gutter down and then rehang it with the correct pitch.

5. Downspouts Draining Too Close to the House

The role of downspouts is to ensure that water goes away from a house. In situations where this isn’t currently happening, the problem can usually be resolved by installing gutter extensions on the bottom of the downspout.

If you have any problems with your gutters and want to ensure that they’re repaired correctly, give Anderson Gutter a call at 513-668-8666 for the best service in Cincinnati.