How to Avoid the Four Common Causes of Leaking Roofs and Gutters

How to Avoid the Four Common Causes of Leaking Roofs and Gutters

House repairs can cost a fortune. This is especially true if the source of the problem isn’t found right away! If there is a single issue that can affect your home the most, it’s water damage from a leaking roof. Unless your roof has been struck by a meteorite, the leak coming through your roof and into the ceiling and walls may be difficult to detect.

Whether your home was built fifty years ago or is a recent addition to the neighborhood, inspecting specific areas and performing regular maintenance is surprisingly simple and can save you thousands of dollars. Here are four common causes of roof and gutter leaks and the best ways to avoid them before they affect your home.

1. Broken Shingles

This issue is usually easy to identify. If your area has been struck with wild winds, all you have to do is look up at your roof and see the damage. It can even be as easy as finding similarly colored tiles littering your yard. As the first line of defense against the elements, roof shingles should be replaced and repaired as soon as possible after they have been dislodged.

Unfortunately, there is little that you can do to personally prepare your shingles for heavy storms. But the fix is relatively easy, provided you have access to shingles of the same color, a pry bar, and a few nails. First, pry up the damaged shingle (or anything left of the torn shingle). Underneath will be a second layer of water protection called the underlayment, so take care not to damage it. Place down the new shingle in the same pattern as the rest and secure it with four nails.

2. Loose Gutters

Rain gutters are designed to fit securely to the side of your home, catching the water before it can fall directly downwards. Without a tightly secured gutter, you may find yourself in a lot of trouble, especially if the descending water spills into a basement window well. Worse, a home without gutters can even suffer water damage to the foundation, which can be extremely costly to repair.

Again, this problem is often easily identified and corrected with the right hardware. The real problem is if the fascia boards are rotting and can’t hang onto the gutter. In these cases, it may be wise to call on a professional to help diagnose the real problem.

3. Clogged Gutters

We understand better than anyone how unnerving it can be to ascend your ladder to clean out your gutters. But it is extremely necessary, especially if you expect a stormy season ahead. With issues similar to loose gutters, a clogged gutter doesn’t catch the rainwater and dispose of it in the right place. Before you clean your gutters, make sure your ladder is stable and reliable, and, if possible, get the assistance of a friend or family member to ensure the ladder stays in place.

4. Cracks and Holes from Weathering

Even the strongest roof and gutter deteriorates over time. These small cracks and holes, often undetectable from the outside, can be the most troublesome to fix. If you feel water dripping from your ceiling, it is probably too late to perform the repairs yourself. Gutters can also become cracked as a result of physical damage.

The best way to avoid cracking and weathering is to perform your own home inspection regularly. This may mean a trip into the attic and other areas that are rarely checked. With the danger of mold and rot, a bit of diligence can protect your wallet and your health.

Avoid leaky gutters and roofs by replacing broken shingles, clearing out gutters, and repairing loose and cracked gutters. For gutter services like leak detection, replacement, and repairs, contact the experts at Affordable Gutter Service!