Gutter Emergency: What To Do BEFORE Your Repairman Arrives
Gutter Emergency: What To Do BEFORE Your Repairman. Here are the gutter problems that are most common, and some recommended solutions.
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. You can tighten these by yourself but always have a professional take a look because you fascia could be rotting. By tightening them just a little ( don’t over tighten them either) it can help just for short-term.
Leaks and Holes
Leaky gutter joints 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. If you can’t find a gutter patching kit at the hardware store, you can make a patch from metal flashing. This is just a temporary fix as well. Have a professional repair or replace the part of the gutter if the hole is so large.
Improperly Pitched Gutters
A professional should always handle this especially if you have seamless gutters. Not much you can do except make sure the gutters are clean and possibly manually removing water.
Downspouts Draining Too Close to the Foundation
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. Add a pipe or extension above ground. Be very careful not to hit it with your lawnmower. You will have to have a professional bury it.
If your house has no gutters at all, consider investing in a system. The cost depends on the material. Most residential gutters are aluminum, which is lightweight and durable. Vinyl, galvanized steel, and copper also are available options. Gutters & Guards install Seamless gutters which allow for less holes, rust spots and repairs being needed. If your home is missing gutters, there isn’t too much you can do beside call a professional to take care of it as fast as they can. (source)
For a free estimate on gutter cleaning, repairs or adding gutter guards, call us today! Gutters & Guards experienced team will take the guess-work out of the process, and ensure that your home is protected.
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