Your gutters may not take up a large part of your home, but damage to them can cause serious structural issues. In detecting and addressing gutter problems, it’s important to have an understanding of how gutter damage occurs.

In this post, Meredith Home Improvement, a trusted expert in roof repairing services, discusses some of the common reasons why gutters get damaged.

Blockage in the Gutters

This usually occurs due to leaves, twigs, seeds and other debris that accumulate in your gutters over time. Gutter blockages can be easily prevented through regular cleaning and roof maintenance.

Blockage in the Pipes

Leaves and debris may not only build up inside the gutters. They may get stuck in the rainwater pipes too. These pipes usually connect the gutter to the ground. If they’re clogged, water won’t be able to flow properly.

Incorrect Gutter Installation

New roof contractors can be just as reliable as old, established ones. However, it can still be possible for them to make an error during the installation process. Typically, poor installation can lead to draining issues, which could, later on, cause other gutter problems.

Dislodged Joints

Inspect your gutters from time to time, and look for cracks or dislodged components like joints, corners and end caps.

Inadequate Pipes

The number of pipes that you should have depends on the size of your home and the length of your gutters. As a general rule of thumb, there should be no more than 15 meters of gutter emptying into just one rainwater pipe.

If you need professional exterior services, Meredith Home Improvements is the company to look for. Our services range from roof repairs to siding installation. To learn more about how we can help with your home improvement project, you can call us at (412) 831-9991 or fill out our contact form.