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Gutters play an important role in rain water removal, drainage and redirection to a safe location. When your rain gutters are not functioning properly, it can cause you major headaches and frustration. From pooling water on the ground that seeps into your basement or crawl space, to foundational damage, gutter troubles can lead you down an expensive path that never ends well.
The good news is that you can avoid most gutter problems by having your gutters cleaned bi-annually (In the Spring & Fall, minimally). We have listed several of the most common problems that gutters cause and the importance of having them maintained:
When a gutter is broken, cracked or clogged it can cause a leak, and if left unattended it can eventually turn into a major issue that costs a lot of money to fix.
Loose fasteners are one of the causes of leaky gutters. When your gutter was fastened to the roof, they used hangers or screws, over time they have a tendency to pop out of place. As water runs down your roof, it can flow over the back edge of your gutter and fascia boards.
Cracks and holes are two other common reasons your gutters begin to leak. Oftentimes, where fasteners pass through the metal, you will find both cracks and holes.
If your gutters are pulling apart from each other, clogs and debris accumulation is generally the reason. The extreme weight of the rainwater and clogs in the system, cause the joint areas of the gutters to separate.
Our trained technicians know that caulk or glue isn’t strong enough to join two gutter pieces back together (at least not permanently). We use rivets to join separated gutter sections. This is a job for a professional, and our expert crews will secure the joints together permanently for your peace of mind.
The slope of your gutter system is essential to the overall functionality of the system—and an incorrect slope can cause the system to back up, spill over, or cause a number of problems.
The gutter slope, is called the pitch in the industry, is the amount the gutters slope downward to allow gravity to guide the path of rainwater flow. If the slope is too steep, the gutters won’t function to their full capacity.
Typically our technicians slope the gutters at 1/4th-inch per 10 feet of gutters. We will inspect your gutters, to ensure proper pitch and maximum drainage.
When downspouts drain too close to the home, as with a typical builder-grade splash block, the result is pooling water around the home. In heavy rains, the water can run down the foundation wall and seep into your basement or crawl space.
When installing downspouts on your gutter system, be sure that they extend at least seven feet from your home.
When your gutters have not been cleaned, and are filled with debris, seeds, and bird droppings, this is a winning combination for plants to grow in your gutters. Gutters filled with organic debris can weigh down the gutters, causing the joints to separate, break or clog the whole system.
Ice dams are the result of snow melting off your roof and freezing in your gutter system. When the melting snow hits the gutter, it freezes. The ice grows and grows and an ice dam is created.
Ice dams put an undue amount of stress on your gutter system, by weighing it down and pulling it away from your home. This leaves you not only needing gutter repairs, but you’ll need to have your roof repaired and then add insulation to your attic to avoid repeat problems.
Gutters without gutter guards tend to quickly clog up with everything falling from the nearby trees. Leaves, pine needles, twigs, sticks, insects and all kinds of plant life end up landing and growing in your gutters.
When water cannot flow unobstructed through your gutter system, the gutters become clogged and get heavier adding weight to the system. This can add stress to your gutters and the roof, which can result in cracks, separation of joints, plants growing in the gutter, and a myriad of other problems.
If your goal is to keep rainwater out of your basement and away from your home, give us a call today.
The way to keep gutter problems from costing you time and money is to have us keep them clean.
Our program is to clean your gutters out twice a year—ideally in the Spring and Fall.
You don’t have to climb out on a ladder, fish out the debris by hand, and do it all over again in a few short months! Call Glide Force Gutters today, and never get on that ladder again!
Call us today at 865-412-8524
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This includes Farragut, Maryville, Louisville, Fountain City, Halls, Corryton, Blaine, Oak Ridge, Clinton, Alcoa, Oliver Springs, Jacksboro and all nearby areas.