Rain Gutters Repair in Fairfax DONE RIGHT by SUNSHINE GUTTERS
This is the most common problem of all. Left untended, gutters and downspouts get so clogged with debris that they’re rendered useless. The excess weight of leaves, twigs, and standing water can also make them sag and pull away from the fascia.
Clean them at least once a year, and twice a year if you have a lot of trees nearby. Gary Mindlin, managing partner of New York City based Top Hat Home Services, schedules gutter maintenance four times a year, with additional checks after big storms.
Another option for dealing with chronically clogged gutters is to outfit them with gutter covers.
These include mesh screens, clip-on grates, and porous foam. They still need regular maintenance, though, and the cost can be more than the gutters themselves.
Sagging Gutters and Gutters Pulling Away from the House
This is usually a problem with the hangers, the hardware that secures the gutters to the fascia.
They might have deteriorated over time, the fasteners may have backed out of the wood, or they’re spaced too far apart to support the weight of full gutters.
Leaks and Holes
Leaky gutter joints can be sealed by caulking the joint from the inside with gutter sealant, Very small holes can be filled with gutter sealant. Larger holes will require a patch.
Improperly Pitched Gutters
Gutters need to be pitched toward the downspouts for the water to flow properly.
Downspouts Draining Too Close to the Foundation
Downspouts need to extend several feet from the house, or they’ll dump right into the basement. Gutter extensions attached to the bottom of the downspout will discharge water well beyond the foundation.
If your house has no gutters at all, consider investing in a system. The cost depends on the material. Most residential gutters are aluminum, which is lightweight and durable. “Unless an Aluminum gutter is damaged by something, it will last forever”. Vinyl, galvanized steel, and copper also are available options.
Sunshine Gutters PRO will repair your gutters and will do it the right way.