Your gutter system has one main function: to collect and disperse rainwater away from your home to prevent leaks. However, if the gutters are leaking themselves, it can lead to a variety of different problems. These problems can include leaks or water damage to your roof, siding, windows, and even foundation. The following are five of the most common reasons your gutters are leaking and how they can be fixed.
1. Gutter damage
General wear and tear can result in damage to your gutters over time. For example, cracks and holes may develop in older gutter systems. Such cracks and holes will cause your gutters to leak. Smaller cracks and holes can be fixed using a waterproof sealant or caulk. However, if your gutters have larger cracks or holes it may be time to replace them.
2. Gutter clogs
Clogs occur when debris collects in your gutters and builds up. Such debris can include leaves, branches, dirt, and more. When a clog occurs, it will block the flow of water. As a result, rainwater will collect in your gutter and eventually begin spilling over the sides. To prevent clogs from building up you will need to have your gutters cleaned on a regular basis. You can also install gutter guards to prevent debris from collecting in your gutters.
3. Loose fasteners
Most gutter systems are attached to fascia boards using screws, hangers, or nails. If they weren’t properly installed or if they’ve become loose over time, small leaks can develop around the fasteners. These leaks can be addressed by tightening the fasteners and applying sealant or caulking around them.
4. Improperly sealed or separated joints
If the joints between each section of the gutter system weren’t properly sealed or have begun separating over time, it will lead to leaks. You might be able to just replace the sealant to fix the leak; however, in some cases, you may need to replace the entire joint.
5. Improper slope
A properly installed gutter system should have a slight downward slope. This allows rainwater to flow freely towards your downspouts. An improper slope can be caused by poor installation or by loose fasteners. Fixing the slope may require re-hanging the entire gutter.
These are five reasons why your gutters might be leaking. If you notice a leak in your gutter system, make sure you have it addressed right away to prevent any potential water damage. To schedule gutter repairs or replacements in Lee’s Summit, MO, contact us at Bill West Roofing today.