Gutters are excellent when installed and maintained properly. They are very effective at helping to hold and move the rainwater away from your home. However, poorly installed and maintained gutters can lead to serious and costly damage to your home. Here are the three most common and most simple to remedy issues that we see with Charlotte area gutter systems.
The problem with a sag in your gutters is that it is an area that sits lower than the outlet of your downspout. This causes this area of your gutter to hold water as it cannot drain. During heavy rains, this area of the gutter may overflow causing unwanted water to rush down behind the gutter into your boxing and possibly, gradually into the house and into the crawl space. This moisture may go years unnoticed, but it could be causing rot, mold and drawing unwanted insects.
The Fix – This is usually the result of a loose or missing hanger. To repair, just re-attach the loose hanger and/or replace the missing hanger.
Incorrect slope occurs when the gutter is sloped away from the downspout preventing proper drainage. This can lead to overflow during rain events and standing water afterwards. The overflow, as mentioned previously, allows unwanted water to penetrate the home bringing unwanted consequences. The standing water is a breeding ground for mosquitoes and causes additional strain to the hangers supporting the gutter system.
The Fix – Easy, just remove, adjust and secure hangers, (a few at the time) to provide positive flow towards the downspout.
Clogged gutters is the most problem with Charlotte gutter systems. Clogged gutters don’t allow any drainage of the gutter causing serious overflow issues, stagnant standing water and extreme weight to the gutter system which may result in the total collapse of the gutter from the house.
The Fix – Obviously, clean the gutters regularly or install gutter leaf protection system.
If your gutter system is showing signs of any of these issues and you would prefer not to repair them yourself, please give us a call or text us at (704) 296-2316. We at Ridgeline Exteriors have years of gutter experience and can help you with any Charlotte area gutter project.