Beware the Damage Caused by Leaky Rain Gutters

Beware the Damage Caused by Leaky Rain Gutters

July 8, 2019

There are many reasons why your home’s rain gutters might be leaking. They may be old, corroding, coming loose from the house, uneven or damaged. Ultimately, a leaking gutter system can be an expensive problem for any homeowner, and we’re not just talking about the money it would cost for the materials and labor to install new gutters. Rain gutters are designed to direct water away from your home’s roof, foundation, siding, garden beds and concrete surfaces on your property, so any damage causing them to leak puts your home at risk of serious water damage.

Let’s take a look at what types of damage result from leaky rain gutters, why leaks happen and the signs that it’s time for gutter replacement in Oklahoma City.

The results of leaky gutters

Gutters that are leaking and not fixed right away cannot do the job they were made to do: control the flow of water from your home’s roof. Below are a few things that can happen when gutter leaks go unfixed:

  • Dripping water can damage the roof’s shingles and fascia. This can lead to serious problems with the roof, as well as cause wood rot. Gutters that are worn enough can fall off and cause a whole host of damages to your roof and roof components.
  • It’s never good for water to pool near the foundation of your home. This can cause damage to or crack the foundation’s structure. If water collects along the sides of your house, the basement or the inside of your house can flood. Additionally, overflowing gutters can cause siding to swell or warp.
  • Gutters that cannot drain properly may end up with standing water inside, which can cause clogs, ice dams and overflowing, and may even play host to mosquito larvae.
  • Other concerns include soil erosion in nearby garden beds and stained siding and concrete surfaces.

Why leaks happen

Fixing damaged gutters is much easier to do than replacing them, and it can save you money. But why do leaks happen in the first place, anyway? Leaks can form in gutters over time or overnight, depending on the cause. That said, there are a number of reasons leaks develop. Like other parts of your house, gutters will wear down over the years, faster if they are not properly maintained and especially if your gutter system was installed in sections, because the seams holding the sections together may deteriorate. Weather damage is another reason—for example, high winds can cause leaks.

How to tell your gutters are leaking

It’s a good idea to walk around your property after it has rained to look for water falling from the roof where water shouldn’t be. This is a sign that your gutters are either clogged or leaking. Other signs of leaky gutters include water pooling near the foundation, stains on concrete slabs or house siding and a basement that is always damp after it rains. Also check the seams in downspouts for leaks.

For the highest quality gutter replacement in Oklahoma City, trust L & S Seamless Guttering. Call us today for price and service estimates!

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