Roof gutters are meant to collect water from the roof and channel it into the downspouts. If that isn't happening, it means the water is flowing elsewhere and is probably causing damage. Here are some of the reasons your gutters may fail at their main duties:
The Seams Are Coming Apart
A typical gutter comprises of different materials joined together to form one long gutter. Therefore, the gutter can leak if the seams come apart, for example, due to accidental damage or deterioration of the sealing material. The seams may also start to leak if the gutters are sagging due to the weight of debris. The solution is to reseal the joints and get rid of the root cause of the leakage.
There Are Holes in the Gutter
Holes in the gutter typically have two causes: rust and accidental damage. The rust issue is common with old and dirty gutters. The solution depends on the number and size of the holes; a few small holes can be plugged and sealed, but numerous holes or big holes call for the replacement of the gutter or the replacement of the affected section.
The Gutter Is Detached From the Roof
Hangers are some of the attachments used to connect gutters to the house so that they can hold the weight of water without breaking. Accidents, such as falling trees, sometimes interfere with the attachment and cause the gutters to detach from the roof, leading to a leakage. Repairing the damaged sections usually solves the problem.
The Gutter Is Chockfull of Debris
Any gutter that is full of debris will let water flow over its edges instead of along the gutter channel. Luckily, fixing the issue is as simple as cleaning the gutters; this is why regular gutter maintenance is advisable.
The Gutter Is Undersized
The size of the gutter depends on the size of the roof, which determines the volume of water collected. Therefore, undersized gutters may let water flow over their edges because they will not be able to handle the volume of water collected. Professional roofers don't usually make such mistakes so it's likely to be the case of DIY installation gone wrong. The solution is expensive because it entails replacing the gutters.
The Gutters Have the Wrong Pitch
Lastly, your gutters may also fail to work as required if they have the wrong pitch. Again, this is likely to be caused by DIY workmanship. Fortunately, a replacement of the gutters isn't called for; correcting the pitch usually solves the problem.
Contact a company, like Premier Roofing Co, for more help.