Help! My gutters are leaking: hazards of and how to solve a leaky gutter problem

what causes a leaky gutter

The idea of leaky gutters probably didn’t occur to you until it happens. Leaky gutters is when water isn’t properly routed inside your gutter system. This may include snowmelt, icemelt and rainfall. Ideally, you want this precipitation to be funneled away from your home’s roof, walls and other structures, where it can be properly deposited back into the ground or into your rainwater collection system. After all, that’s what gutters are for. But too often, leaky gutter problems occur.

What Causes a Leaky Gutter Problem?

Surprisingly, leaky gutters are fairly common. Because of the way that certain inferior gutters are made, leaky problems can occur. Some of the most common causes of leaky gutters include:

Clogs

Leaves, debris, and other materials can clog gutters, causing water to overflow and leak.

Poor Installation

If gutters are not installed properly, they can separate from the roof and walls, leading to leaks.

Physical Damage

Holes, cracks, and other types of physical damage can also cause leaks in gutters.

Age

Gutters don’t last forever. Over time, gutters can become worn and brittle, making them more susceptible to leaks.

Extreme Weather

Extreme weather conditions like heavy rain, snow, and wind can put extra stress on gutters, causing them to leak.

Lack of Reasonable Maintenance

Neglecting to clean gutters regularly or making necessary repairs can cause leaks to occur or make smaller leaks develop into larger problems.

 

 

hazards of a leaky gutter can actually be a house fire

Possible Hazards of Leaky Gutters

Having leaky gutters doesn’t simply mean you or your guests will be inconvenienced when water trickles down onto the outdoor deck (although that might happen). There are serious possible hazards of leaky gutters that can endanger your property or even your family’s health.

Water Damage

Leaks in gutters can cause water damage to the exterior and interior of your home, including damage to walls, roofs, foundations and landscaping.

Mold Growth

Moisture from leaky gutters can make an ideal environment for the growth of mold. This poses health risks to you and your family.

Pest Infestations

Pests like rodents, birds, and insects are attracted to standing water in leaky gutters and may establish nests or colonies, causing further damage.

Fire Hazard

As crazy as it sounds, leaky gutters are a fire hazard. Leaking water can come into contact with electrical wiring or other flammable materials.

Structural Damage

Over time, leaks in gutters weaken the structure of your home, making it more vulnerable to future issues.

Soil Erosion

Leaks from gutters also contribute to soil erosion, potentially undermining your home’s foundation.

 

What to do About Leaky Gutters

When you have leaky gutters, there are several options and steps to take.

First, consider your gutters’ age. If they are very old and obviously showing wear, consider having them replaced with K-Style Gutters. K-style gutters don’t leak, look great on all styles of houses, and have more capacity for precipitation. In the long run, replacing your gutters is often the smartest option.

Next, if you don’t want to replace your gutters, you need to determine the cause of the leaking. If it’s just a blockage, you should either clean your gutters with a gutter cleaning tool or hire professionals to clean your gutters.

If a clog is not the problem, you should check for holes or cracks. Make a note of where the leak is occurring. Then, on a dry day, seal the cracks or holes with water-resistant caulking. Usually this type of caulk is made with silicone. There are also specialty caulking products available specifically for sealing gutter cracks (which just shows how common this problem is).

Your last option is to tighten up loose gutters. It’s possible that one or more of your gutter components has simply come loose from its bracket.

When you decide it’s time to do away with leaky gutters once and for all, contact Everyday Gutters. Our team of professionals is ready with lots of attractive gutter options for your new construction or existing home.