Keeping the gutters clean does more than just flush rainwater from the property; it also protects other parts of your home from water and storm damage. Regular inspections and preventive maintenance will preserve crucial parts of the property, and understanding common issues can help you track the condition of the system and resolve any issues before they worsen. Here are several problems to be aware of.

What Gutter Problems Put Your Home at Risk?

1. Clogs

Rainwater will spill over the sides of clogged gutters. It may splash against the home’s siding on the way down and strip the paint. Heavy rainfall and spills may also pry siding panels off over time and allow water into the home, which can damage wood framing, flooring, and drywall. 

The system should be cleaned twice a year. Removing heavily packed foliage on your own isn’t always easy, which is why many homeowners turn to a roofing contractor who’s trained to do the job. They may suggest installing guards to keep large debris out of the channels and avoid future problems. 

2. Leaks

Joints between different components can loosen from scraping tree branches and high winds. They’ll leak water onto the landscaping below and can pummel plants. Too much rainfall will erode the soil and expose sensitive roots, and moisture may even seep into the home’s foundation. 

Water dissolves concrete, and a compromised foundation will make the home unstable. Having the broken parts replaced or repaired will protect the property from ongoing damage. After rough storms, walk around the perimeter of the home and look for pooling water or damaged landscaping. 

3. Wrong Slopes

Gutters are carefully sloped so that water runs smoothly to downspouts. If the slope is too shallow, water may not reach the downspout. If it’s too steep, joints and connections can get damaged by rushing water’s impact. The channels should slope a quarter inch for every 10 feet. If you see an area that’s sagging or pulling away from the soffit, contact a repair professional to realign the system.