Five Rational Reasons For Leaky Gutters And Eavestrough

Functioning gutters guide water away from the home, and when they are damaged or leaking, the water could be pushed around and into your dwelling. This sets up the perfect environment for mold to grow, deteriorating the building material and damaging your home. There are some very common and practical reasons why the eavestrough could be sagging, leaking, or failing to guide water away from your home.

Five real reasons for leaky gutters and eavestroughing include:

Foul Flashing

If the flashing around the walls and roof of the home is missing or damaged, water will run down in between the gutter and the sidewalls of the structure. This moisture causes mold which leads to wood rot. Double-check the flashing around the seams and sides of the roof to ensure water isn't getting trapped between the gutter and your home.

Shoddy Shingles

When shingles become shabby or shoddy, particles and debris can be flushed down into the eavestrough, creating weight and stress on the segments. Be sure to check your shingles each year to ensure they still have their asphalt texture and grit, and that this material isn't sitting in the trough of your home's gutter system.

Sagging Segments

When a segment of the eavestrough starts to sag, whether due to weight or stress, it has a tendency to leak. When the gutter leaks, it potentially can stain and damage the sidewalls of your home. Secure each segment and tighten each year, before rain and wind season.

Absent Apron

The apron is the metal trim that runs along the edge of your roof, just under the shingles and next to the gutter. If this metal fixture is missing or not intact, water can get trapped in the edge of the roofing material, causing mold and rot over time. Secure the metal apron to the roof every couple feet, using an industrial glue or epoxy.

Dreadful Downspout

All of the water that the eavestrough carries away from the home has to go someplace, and that is where the downspout comes in. Position your downspout to move water away from the foundation and basement of your home, adjusting it to prevent puddles as needed. Be sure the spout is securely attached to the segment of the gutter, and position it so it is a couple inches above the ground, rather than sitting directly on it, for best results.

Don't delay in addressing leaking or sagging gutters and eavestroughing. If left unresolved, these could push water into the structure of your home, encouraging the growth of mold in the walls and ceiling. Talk with roofing contractors and builders (such as First Choice Siding Ltd) to secure and replace saggy, leaky, or ineffective eavestrough before damage can ensue.