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Common Gutter Problems & Questions

The host of problems that a gutter system can have stem from gutters that are damaged, sagging, missing parts or improperly installed, it is unfortunate but likely exterior damage to your home is sure to follow.

Wet saturated ground near your home

Gutter system that is missing parts, or that drains too close to the house often will saturate the ground. This wet saturated ground can produce a variety of problems:

bulletCreates a breeding ground for Mold and Mildew.
bulletIt will eat away at foundations and basement walls.
bulletLeaks and cracks will develop and will worsen quickly in the winter months when the ground freezes and expands.
bulletDriveways and walkways will sink and rise, interior and exterior walls and floors can warp, bow or become wet, molded or stained. Unfortunately, entire homes have been destroyed due to water damage.

If water overflows and down the back of a clogged gutter

Damage to exterior and interior (via the cavity) walls can occur and damp can result. The gutter should be checked for debris and blockages and the fascia brackets also checked as they may have been damaged, causing the gutter to sag.

If clogged gutters overflow down the front of your gutter system

This can be very annoying, both to walk under and because of the noise it can create. If this is happening you should be considering Gutter Guards. Protection for your gutters will keep leaves, pine needle, acorns and other debris out, and maintain the clear flow of water to the downspout.

If joints are leaking, the rubber seals inside the joint will probably need replacing, or sometimes the joint itself should be renewed. You will find this job a lot easier if attempted in hot weather, as the plastic is much more pliable.

Install Gutters guards that are proven 

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