The role of your gutters is very important as they channel water away from your home. So, when they aren’t doing their job properly, this can leave the structural integrity of your home vulnerable.
Fear not, most guttering problems are relatively easy to fix – and it is important that you do.
In this article, we take a closer look at some of the most common guttering problems and, more importantly, how to fix them.
Problem 1: Clogged Gutter
The most common cause of guttering not functioning properly is that they are clogged. Excess debris, such as twigs and leaves, is usually the root cause of guttering clogging up. A clogged gutter means that water isn’t able to drain which can result in overflow. This is not only a nuisance but runs the risk of water overflowing into the roof of your home.
It seems simple but the best way to unclog your guttering is to climb a ladder and remove the excess debris by hand. To ensure that your guttering is draining properly, use a garden hose to test them.
It is important that you regularly clean your guttering of debris, we recommend once a year – or more if there is a storm.
If a tall tree overhangs your guttering, it is a good idea to trim the branches to prevent leaves and other debris falling into your gutters and clogging them.
Problem 2: Leaking Gutters
If your gutters are leaking you will definitely know about it as water will be pouring from the middle of them.
Not to worry, there are two quite easy solutions to repair leaking gutters.
If the holes are small, you can use a gutter sealant to fill them. A tube of gutter sealant is relatively cheap and is quite simple to use.
However, if the holes are much bigger, you will have to use patches to cover them. It is essential that the patches are of the same material of the guttering in order to prevent them from eroding away.
Problem 3: Sagging Gutters
Your gutters are attached to your house by hangers which in most cases are able to hold the weight of your guttering and the water passing through it. However, if your gutters become blocked and too heavy for the hangers, this can result in them sagging away from the wall.
A sagging gutter is quite straightforward and cheap to resolve. The first thing you can try is to screw them back in place with fasteners.
If the hangers are too far apart to support the weight of the guttering then they must be adjusted.
However, if the hangers have fallen apart beyond the point of repair, you must replace them with new hangers and fasteners, both of which are cheap and simple to fit.
Problem 4: Damaged Gutters
A damaged gutter inevitably has an effect on its ability to do its job properly. There are a number of causes for a damaged gutter with clogged and sagging gutters both being common ones.
In order to prevent the damage from getting worse, it is a good idea to regularly check your gutters to catch any damage early.
If the damage is too severe, however, your guttering will need to be replaced.
Stafford uPVC Windows
Whilst faulty guttering is never ideal, as you can see they are relatively easy to put right when things go wrong. Regular annual maintenance on your gutters can help to spot damage early and prevent it from getting worse.
However, in some cases the damage can be irreversible and it is time to replace your gutter in order to best protect your home.
When this is the case, it is important to choose a trusted guttering installer to carry out the replacement.
Stafford uPVC Windows are a family-run business which has been operating in the industry for over 40 years. Our business is founded on customer recommendations and, therefore, we take great pride in our work. By trusting Stafford uPVC Windows to carry out your guttering installation, you can rest assured that your home is in safe, and capable hands. If you’re looking to replace your guttering in Staffordshire or Shropshire, get in touch and a member of our team will be happy to start the process.