17 Feb Why Do Gutters Leak?
4 Reasons Why Gutters Leak
Any reliable residential gutter system will come to a point where it experiences the dreaded seep outs that prevent it from doing its job. When properly maintained, gutters will rarely develop these leaks. Probably the circulating and equally ignorant belief that gutters can clean themselves by flushing away dirt and clogging materials when rainwater comes is the guilty party.
Gutters should be cleaned at least two times each year. The operative word here being at least. In truth, it is prudent to check the gutters every other season, for different times of the years will impact different situations.
In the fall, gutters are mostly filled with leaves, twigs and other small environmental clogging materials. It’s a season that gutters should be checked every year, for the matters that are stuck in the gutter, in autumn are higher than any other season. Because most gutters are replaced or develop leaks in the fall because these clogging matters are the causal objects to attract decomposition in the gutter itself, attracting rodents, ants and other small animals to chew and destroy the integrity of the whole gutter system. Thus, gutter leaks.
The summer also calls for a check on the gutter system. This season will most likely bring about heavy rains every afternoon, and strong winds can carry clogging materials that are harmful in the maintenance of the gutters. Even with gutter guards, homeowners should still be proactive in preventing damages in the house’s gutter system. Gutter guards can only do so much and no more.
This is probably the most common reason to why gutter leaks. Segmented gutters are especially tricky to handle, especially when gutters are done by the homeowner himself. The possibility that joints connecting two gutters were poorly caulked is highly plausible. This disrupts the natural flow of the water on corners, preventing it from reaching the downspout and leak to the conjoining parts instead.
Corroded gutters are especially prone to water leaks because their resistance in tolerating water flow is weak. When they collapse, gutters with corroded parts will hamper the water from reaching the designated downspouts, creating a small hole where the water can directly run off.
The slope of the gutter is crucial in the proper flow of rainwater when drained on downspouts. Improper slopes and dips in a home’s gutter system will produce a dent that rainwater fill and subsequently induces water stagnation. It welcomes mosquitoes to breed in the water creating further damage in the gutter. When left as it is, water dents can produce holes where the water can pass through.
Pine needles, twigs, acorns, dust, dirt and the often dead animals that congest the water’s way to the downspout will likely cause a disturbance on the natural flow of rainwater into the drainage disposal system. The accumulation of these materials in the gutters is the curse of any gutter system. This is important that gutter cleaning and maintenance should be done at least twice a year.
To avoid leaking, choosing the right gutter design is necessary. But first you need to know the different designs when planning for a gutter installation project. Check out our list of gutter profiles to learn more about it. Call us if you have questions!