Rain dripping from the roof causes a multitude of problems: trenches in the dirt around the foundation, weakened foundations that lead to cracking and settling, damaged paint, and collected moisture in basements and crawl spaces. An inch of rain on an averaged sized roof equals up to 500 gallons of run off rainwater. That’s a lot. That’s why we put gutters on houses. However, when the gutters fail, the original problem of rainwater returns to haunt us with a vengeance.
Why do gutters fail? Often because they are not seamless, but seamed, and leaks develop where they were seamed together. Sometimes the gutters are clogged with leaves and fail beneath the combined weight of leaves and water. Sometimes the failure is due to the inability and/or lack of experience on the part of the installer. There is no substitute for experience in any venue, including the correct installation of gutters.
So what is to be done when the gutters fail? You must call a company that is qualified to perform Gutter Repairs in Indianapolis. Preferably, you call a company qualified to replace your existing gutters if they cannot be repaired. Hopefully, you call a company honest enough to consider your situation and to give you genuine advice as to what is the best solution for your circumstance.
If your gutters are repairable, then punctures and small holes should be sealed with silicone caulk. If the gutters have moved so they are no longer have the proper slant for the water to flow, they can be re-positioned. Older gutters that have cracked to the point that they are not good candidates for repair should be replaced with newer, seamless gutters. If the gutters have structural supports that have weakened and begun to fail, they, too, should be replaced. This is of great importance, because if they are not replaced in a timely fashion, they can pull away from the structure and allow the gutter itself to pull away from the side of the structure.
It is important that the homeowner clean his gutters, especially if they do not have leaf guards, on a regular basis. Gutters that become clogged with leaves become too heavy for their supports and often fail in a spectacular manner … one that no home owner wants to see. As is the case with any endeavor, regular maintenance always pays off in the long run!