Home owners pay the most attention to how their property looks at eye level and rarely look up to check the state of their gutters. This is a recipe for disaster. Gutters need to be checked periodically for blockages and leaks and they should be cleaned regularly to ensure that they continue to function effectively. This is especially true on guttering systems made from timber and cast iron, such as on period properties.
If you have been having problems with your gutters, there are a few reasons why this may be the case.
- Gutters not draining water? Your gutters might be clogged
The solution: Clean your gutters!
Gutters collect dirt, leaves and roof debris all of the time. Left to its own devices, this build up may get worse. This can cause your gutters to leak. Additionally, the weight of this debris can cause your guttering to sag and pull away from the fascia, which can cause damage to your property. To remedy this, a simple gutter cleaning service usually works wonders and periodic cleaning every year will stop it from happening again in the future.
- Gutters leaking at the joints? Your gutters might have corroded
The solution: Re-seal the joints for a water tight connection.
All gutters deteriorate over time, some faster than others (timber and cast iron gutters, for example). More often than not, leaks and holes are formed at the gutter joints rather than on the individual sections of guttering, and the good news is that corrosion of this type can usually be repaired by a roofer cost-effectively. The only way to tell if this is your problem though is to have an expert gain access to your gutter and take a look.
- Gutters collecting standing water? Your gutters may not be pitched properly
The solution: Alter the pitching of your gutters.
Gutters need to be pitched properly for water to flow as it should – downwards. If gutters are not pitched properly then not all of the water they manage can escape. This can cause damage to your gutters in the long-term. You want at least a quarter inch of slope for every 10 feet to prevent standing water. You can correct this yourself, however we recommend hiring a roofer to take a look for you to make sure that improper pitching is the fault.
Gutter care – when to act
If you are having problems with your gutters you should act immediately. If you do not then you run the risk of worsening the problem and you may face a more costly solution. At Leeds Roofing Company, we can clean, repair and replace guttering systems swiftly and efficiently. To find out more about our guttering services, please call us on 0800 037 5669 or from your mobile on 07947 272 606 or fill in our online enquiry form to get started.