Gutter Problems And Solutions

Below are some of the questions I have been ask, concerning gutter problems.


Gutter problems and solutions from the Gutter Help Desk.

QUESTION:

What can I use to direct rain water away from my foundation?

ANSWER:

Rain water should be diverted 5 feet away from the foundation of your home by the means of splash blocks, downspout extensions or an underground drainage system.

Underground drainage is the prefered method used to divert rain water away from your foundation. By reducing the amount of rain water entering the soil at the foundation of your home, you will limit the soils expansion and contraction, which leads to foundation cracks and masonary failure.

If you want to use concrete or plastic splash blocks, they should be used in an area with proper drainage away from the foundation.


Gutter problems and solutions from the Gutter Help Desk.

QUESTION:

Why does water drip between the fascia and the back of the gutter?

ANSWER:

This problem can be easily solved by placing the back of the gutter under the drip edge flashing when installing your gutter.

On some installations, in order to maintain the proper gutter slope, the back edge of the gutter may drop slightly below the drip edge flange. In this case, we will use a flashing extender strip to insure that no water will leak behind the gutter.


Gutter problems and solutions from the Gutter Help Desk.

QUESTION:

Why Are My Gutters Overflowing?

ANSWER:

There is really only two reasons why your gutters are overflowing.

(a) Your gutters are clogged with debris. Regular gutter maintenance will save you from expensive repairs down the road. The most important thing you can do is keep your gutters clean. Even if you have gutter leaf protection installed, you should check and/or clean out your gutters at least twice a year. The most important time to clean your gutters will be late in the fall after the trees have shed their leaves.

(b) You don't have enough downspouts or your downspouts are too small. There are guidelines from the Sheet Metal and Air Conditioning Contractors National Association (SMACNA) gutter design manual to calculate how many downspouts are needed. These guidelines take into account (1) roof area, (2) roof pitch and (3) rainfall intensity.


Gutter problems and solutions from the Gutter Help Desk.

QUESTION:

What are the dark streaks on my gutters and how do I clean them?

ANSWER:

Those dark vertical stripes that appear on aluminum rain gutters are generally referred to as tiger stripes Customers sometimes call us about these dark stipes that will not wash off. The first assumption is that the paint has gone bad. This is usually not the case.

Naturally, pollution and dirt build up on the top lip of the gutter. When moisture combines with these pollutants, it streams down the face of the gutter. Future precipitation will continuously follow the same path. Over time, the buildup becomes alternating light and dark stripes. Rain gutters require regular maintenance to prevent the normal buildup of soil deposits and oxide accumulations. The level of maintenance depends solely on the atmospheric conditions in a geographic region.

If stubborn stains are encountered, use a heavy duty cleaner such as "Fantastic". Heavy soil deposits may not be removable in one application and may require repeated cleaning over some length of time. Do not use cleaners containing abrasive particals, ammonia, solvents or paint removers for cleaning. These materials may soften or remove the finish.

Climatic Problems... Climates vary considerably from one locality to the next. In some areas, mildew may be a problem. It appears as black spots on the surface and is usually detected first on the underside of the gutter. For removal, prepare the solution below and apply as outlined above.

1/3 cup detergent (Tide for example)

2/3 cup Tirsodium phosphate (soilax for example)

1 quart 5% Sodium Hypochlorate solution (Clorox for example)

3 quarts water

CAUTION: Greater concentrations may cause damage to the finish.



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