One of the most common gutter problems is sagging. Over time, your gutters can start to pull away from your roof-line and look droopy. In addition to making your home look sloppy, sagging gutters can cause a host of severe problems that can be a costly fix. That means it’s important to keep an eye on the state of your gutters. Take a look at your roof-line: Are your gutters starting to sag?
What causes sagging gutters?
Gutters sag for a variety of reasons. Over time, the supports that hold your gutters in place can give way, releasing the gutter from the roof-line. Gutters also can become full of leaves, debris, snow, ice or water, and the excess weight can pull gutters downward. That weight and pressure can damage the gutter and its supports. Gutters also can become damaged and begin to sag if a ladder has been propped up against the gutter while you clean gutters, hang Christmas lights, wash windows or access your roof.
Why are sagging gutters a problem?
Sagging gutters can result in a variety of problems in and around your home. When a portion of your gutter system sags, the gutters can no longer effectively wash rainwater away from your home. The water can pool within the gutters and make the perfect breeding ground for mosquitoes. Water can overflow the gutters, causing it to pool along your home’s foundation, flow back into your home’s eaves or flood into your basement. All of that water flooding into or pooling along your home’s structure can cause expensive damage if it’s not addressed quickly. The pressure put on your roof-line by sagging gutters also can cause damage.
What can be done about sagging gutters?
If you notice your gutters sagging, you should not wait to address the issue because damage caused by sagging gutters will only get worse — and more expensive to fix — over time. The fix for your sagging gutters will depend on the extent of the problem causing the sagging. Broken supports might be fixed; removing leaves or an ice dam might resolve the sag; and a small sag along one section might need to be repaired. If your gutters are old and the sagging is extensive, you might need to replace your gutters.
How can sagging gutters be prevented?
If you are like most homeowners, you hate to get on your ladder to deal with your gutters. You don’t have to fall victim to sagging gutters! SafeGuard gutter guards can keep leaves and debris out of your gutters. That means you won’t have to get up on your latter to clean away the blockages that can lead to pooling water and sagging gutters. With SafeGuard gutter guards, your gutters will continue to flow freely, preventing sags from debris, pools of water and ice dams, and protecting your home from water damage.
If your gutter are sagging or need replacing, call The Gutterman of TN to schedule an appointment today! We can diagnose the cause of the sag and prescribe a fix that will have your gutters operating properly to protect your home from water damage.