Rain Gutter

Basic Gutter Repair and Maintenance

Gutters are the source of a number of common roofing problems. If not properly maintained, they can lead to more severe issues like damaged shingles and a leaking roof. Though repairing gutters is few homeowners’ idea of a good time, it is a necessary project for preserving the overall health of your roof.

Cleaning Gutters

Regular cleaning is more often than not the key to overall good gutter health. Depending on where you live and the kind of landscaping around your house, you may have to clean your gutters only once or several times a year. Be sure to get in one good cleaning towards the end of fall to remove dead leaves and other plant matter. You might want to do another cleaning towards the end of winter to free up the gutters to remove snow melt, and another cleaning before the rainiest part of the year.

Fixing Sagging Gutters

You can repair sagging gutters with a gutter hanger, a metal bar that serves as a support beam for the gutter. Use the edges of the rafters as a guide for placing hangers. Hook the hanger under the lip in front of the gutter, and place it over the back edge. Secure it to the edge of the roof with a long screw. Add hangers about every three feet where your gutters are prone to sagging.

Repairing Leaks

Begin by thoroughly cleaning the gutter around the leaking area to ensure that the sealant adheres properly to the metal. Apply a gutter sealant around the leaking area. It is best to do this when you are expecting clear weather since the sealant takes up to 24 hours to dry. Gutter sealant is a clear gel that comes in a rollable tube. It can be purchased at most hardware stores.

If you are not used to working with gutters, or you just do not like the hassle, contact a professional roofing service to take care of all your gutter needs.



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Rain Gutter

Common Rain Gutter Problems and How to Fix Them

Gutters have one job-to drain water away from your roof and foundation. This makes their upkeep critical for roof maintenance. When leaves or debris build up in your gutter, your gutters can no longer filter water away from your roof. These clogs leave your home susceptible to leaks and mold growth.

Prevent roof damage by avoiding these common rain gutter problems and following the recommended solutions.

Incorrectly Pitched Gutters

Gutters should drop a quarter inch every 10 feet in order to keep water flowing toward downspouts. You can tell if your drain has a poor slope by looking in the gutter after a rainstorm. If you can see standing water, you need to re-pitch your gutters.

First, measure the slope from the peak to the downspout. Use a chalk line as a reference of how your gutters should slope. This chalk will help you find gutters out of alignment. You can either push these gutters back into place or rehang a gutter section. If you can’t find the problem or don’t want to try to fix the problem yourself, call a roofing professional for help.

Draining Water near Your Foundation

Your downspout should extend four to five feet away from your home’s foundation. Otherwise, the water will drain directly into your basement. If you find that your downspout drains too close to your foundation, consider installing a gutter extension. These devices discharge the water a safe distance from your foundation.


Clogs cause a vast majority of gutter problems. The built-up sand or leaves create dams where moisture leaks onto your roof or into your home’s foundation. This could result in mold or leaks.

You can tell if your gutters have debris clogging them if you see overflowing water on the sides or joints or if water doesn’t drain from the downspout.

To clean your gutters, first clean the debris from the gutters. Then use a garden hose to flush out clogged areas. If you’re not comfortable on ladders, consider hiring a professional.

You should clean your gutters at least twice a year to avoid major roof or foundation problems. If you live in an area surrounded by sand or dirt, you should frequently check your gutters to prevent sand buildup. Homeowners with trees surrounding their home should check once a year, typically in the fall when leaves tend to fall the most.

You may also want to consider gutter covers for persistently clogged gutters.


Extra weight from sand, leaves, or standing water could cause your gutters to sag and drop away from the fascia. The problem usually originates from gutter hanger damages. These pieces secure your gutter to your home. The hangers may separate from the wood, deteriorate, or collapse.

This problem has a simple and affordable solution. Hangers typically cost nearly $10 a piece and the fasteners cost nearly $1 each. Once you buy the necessary parts, replace old hangers or install more hangers to increase weight capacity.


Untreated clogs along gutters can result in leaks and holes. Once your gutter has a leak, your foundation is susceptible to water damage or mold growth. You can seal leaky joints with caulk on the inside of the gutter. Fill minor holes with gutter sealant, and fix larger leaks with patches that keep the water flowing properly. You can find drain patches at most hardware stores, or you can use metal flashing as a patch.

On those rare occasions when California temperatures dip below 37° F, ice dams could cause leaks or cracks. You should call a professional to fix these types of damages.

Now that you know the basics to gutter maintenance, use these suggestions to keep your foundation and roof in good condition.


Signs You Need Gutter Repair or Replacement

No, the rain is not falling harder in just that one spot outside your window – it is likely that you are having issues with your gutters. Just like everything else in your home, your gutters endure wear and tear and will need attention from time to time. By keeping them in good shape, you can extend the life of the product. There are several signs that you may need gutter repair or replacement.

First, if you notice that your gutters have started to pull away from your roof, you should call a Ventura County roofing contractor. These pose a threat of coming loose and falling down, causing damage or injury. Typically, you will not need to replace your entire system, but just the piece or two that has started to come loose.

Slouching gutters can affect the way water moves downstream and off your roof. You may notice several pieces are uneven or that the water falls off your roof in spurts. In this situation, you will be in need of gutter repair. If your gutters resemble a roller coaster, you may be better off replacing the entire system.

A simple visual inspection may reveal that you have rust or cracks along your gutter. When water leaks through cracks, it will cause rust and bigger holes, which can result in water spilling onto the ground in front of your home. Every homeowner dreads pools of sitting water, as it can lead to flooding, bacteria and other issues.

If your basement floods or you see pooling water, it may be a sign that you are in need of gutter repair. When gutters are not working properly, water from your roof can overflow and pour onto the ground below. This can seep into your basement, or simply sit in puddles around your home. Your best bet is to contact a roofing specialist if you notice any of these signs. They can walk you through the problem and offer you either repair or replacement solutions.


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