Cleaning Gutters is Dangerous Work
Working from ladders or on the roof is dangerous. In the U.S, approx. 200,000 people are treated for ladder related injuries each year. Gutter protection helps maintain clean, flowing gutters and can reduce time spent on ladders and the associated risks. We recommend you have a professional company like Intrawest Seamless come out and access and clean out your gutter system.
Most common gutter problems:
Clogged gutters; this is the most common problem of all. Left untended, gutters and downspouts get so clogged with debris that they’re rendered useless. The excess weight of leaves, twigs, and standing water can also make them sag and pull away from the fascia. Clean them at least once a year, and twice a year if you have a lot of trees nearby. Doing nothing will likely result in expensive damage and repairs. Clogged Gutters are responsible for costly damage to homes, such as: rotting fascia boards, water damage to interior walls and ceilings, surface erosion around the home, wet basements, cracked foundations. As a result we suggest using a gutter protection system installed by Intrawest Seamless.
Sagging gutters and gutters pulling away from the house. This is usually a problem with the hangers, the hardware that secures the gutters to the fascia. They might have deteriorated over time, the fasteners may have backed out of the wood, or they’re spaced too far apart to support the weight of full gutters.
Leaks and holes; leaky gutter joints can be sealed by caulking the joint from the inside with gutter sealant. Very small holes can be filled with gutter sealant. Larger holes will require a patch.
Improperly pitched gutters. Gutters need to be pitched toward the downspouts for the water to flow properly. You want at least a quarter inch of slope for every 10 feet. Get on a ladder after a rainstorm and look in the gutter; if there’s standing water, it’s not pitched properly. Even the most expensive and elaborate gutter system won’t perform well unless it is properly maintained.
Gutter Cleaning Colorado Springs Do-It-Yourselfers
Two of the most common rain-gutter problems are clogging and failure to drain collected water far enough from the home’s foundation. Many do-it-yourselfers use wire strainers or leaf traps in downspouts in an effort to prevent clogging. While such traps will keep downspouts clean, the traps themselves can quickly clog up with leaves and debris, preventing water from draining into the downspouts and causing overflowing of the gutters. Downspouts need to extend several feet from the house, or they’ll dump right into the basement. Gutter extensions attached to the bottom of the downspout will discharge water well beyond the foundation.
Missing gutters; if your house has no gutters at all, consider investing in a system. Most residential gutters are aluminum, which is lightweight and durable. The cost depends on the material. Aluminum, vinyl, galvanized steel, and copper also are available options.
Common gutter problems and your roof. Roofers get to see many of the common problems caused by inadequate gutter systems. Most homeowners aren’t at fault for many of the problems. Homeowners often acquire their homes already with faulty gutters or they have gutter systems installed by unskilled contractors. Many problems start with new home construction. Typical contractors are in such a hurry to make money that they don’t care about your gutter functioning properly. Suddenly you have a system collecting water instead of diverting it. The most common symptom I see is water backed up in the end of a gutter. Gutters hanged without being leveled in the right direction is a common culprit. A gutter will work somewhat initially, but after a few winters of snow and ice your gutter will sag and with any moderate precipitation your gutter will overflow.
Another common problem I see is loose gutter spikes and hangers. Most gutter spikes were only hammered into the face board, allowing the face board to bear the weight of water, snow and ice. A quality aluminum gutter hanged with spike and ferrule should have at least some spikes in the rafters. Hangers will also serve you best when using quality screws and hitting rafter ends for added stability.
These are just some of the main problems your gutters can have or will acquire over the years. Take the time and do an annual inspection of your gutter system. If you avoid these common mistakes you can help stop any potential roofing problems caused by poor gutters and installation.
We here at Intrawest would be happy to help you out on accessing any of these issues. We offer free estimates and a variety of options to address your gutter system needs. Contact us or give us a call! We here at Intrawest Seamless always have our minds in the gutter!