Your gutters are your commercial building's primary defense against Mother Nature's not so nice weather situations. The primary job of a gutter system is to collect and carry away rainwater, but what if that system is clogged with debris? Sleet, snow, ice, rain, and all the other fun types of seasonal water can wreak havoc. From paint chips to ice dams to foundation soil erosion - clogged gutters are one storm away from a very bad day.
Our friends at Twelve Oaks Roofing in Oakland County, Michigan offer these seven signs that it is probably time to call in the pros!
Sign #1: Dirty or plugged gutters. Each year your home's rain gutter system should be inspected for leaks and debris. Cleaning the gutters out can be done with a plastic gutter scoop that can be purchased inexpensively at a home improvement store or cleared out with water from a hose.
Sign #2: A leaky joint. Gutters can fail when joints between the lengths begin to leak. Note that seamless gutters can also have leaks as well. Fixing a leaky joint can be done simply by replacing with a new joint.
Sign #3: Patching a hole. Gutters can develop holes through a number of different ways. Branches and other debris are primarily responsible for creating holes. Additionally, rust can eat through some types of gutters and create holes. Holes can grow larger quickly so as soon as a hole is detected, it should be patched. If the gutter is metal, then a metal repair patch kit can be used on the damaged area. A tube of roofing cement is an easy fix that can also be used for patching a hole.
Sign #4: A gutter is not draining properly. The gutter could be sagging or it's not sloping properly toward the downspout. Put a level on the gutter to see if it is exactly level. Despite gutters looking even they actually should be installed with a slight pitch to ensure that the water will drain towards the downspouts.
Sign #5: Selecting the wrong type of gutter. Choosing the right type of gutter can be extremely confusing as the decisions include selecting the right size, style, material and gauges. There are a wide range of options available. Note that the normal house gutter is between 5 to 6 inches from side to side. The gauge of the gutter is also important especially in locations where weather can be harsh.
Sign #6: Improper placement of the downspouts. This can cause gutters to do more work and need repair faster. The proper placement of downspouts is critical in having a good functioning rain gutter system.
Sign #7: A gutter has pulled away from the house or is sagging. Ferrules are commonly used on most gutters to hold them in place. These can separate from the siding over time and may need to be replaced. Additionally, some installers may space the gutter mounting or hanging systems too far apart which can cause the gutter to sag or pull away from the house.
It's tempting to clean your commercial gutters out yourself, but there is a wide variety of gutter types you need to have an expert understand of before that endeavor will turn out successfully, including: