Gutters collect rainwater from the roof and direct it to the downspouts for drainage away from the home's foundation. By redirecting water away from the building, gutters reduce soil erosion and lower the risk of basement and foundation flooding. If your aluminum gutters have a leak, they will allow water to soak into the foundation and damage your structure. Therefore, look out for these four signs that show you need to repair your aluminum gutters.
Cracks on the Gutters
Aluminum gutters are incredibly sturdy and durable. However, poor maintenance causes debris to build up on sections of the gutters. When it rains, the debris traps water, causing it to pool in specific areas along the gutter. Over time, pooled water and debris cause the aluminum to erode, weaken, and develop cracks and holes. These holes allow water to leak into the foundation, fascia, or exterior walls, causing extensive water damage. Patch the holes using roofing cement and metal patches to prevent further leakage.
Loose or Missing Rivets
When you're installing seamed gutters on a long stretch of the roof, you need to join two gutter sections together. These sections are joined using a gutter splice and rivets. Over time, neglect and the use of chemical cleaning products can corrode the gutters. If the rust spreads to the rivets, it will cause them to become loose and fall off. This leaves behind small holes that can allow water to leak into the foundation and exterior walls. Replace missing rivets and screws on the gutters to prevent leaks.
Missing Gutter Sections
Missing gutter screws and rivets leave the two gutter sections with no reinforcement. Storms, hail, and heavy rain can cause the gutter splice or metal sections to become detached or blown away. When this happens, significant leaks will occur, causing flooding of the basement and foundation. If your area experiences inclement weather, inspect your guttering system for missing rivets and metal sections. Use sturdier screws and adequate sealant to prevent the joined metal parts from coming apart.
Loose or Broken Gutter Hangers
Gutter hangers or fasteners attach gutters to the roof. Hangers prevent the gutters from sagging during heavy rains. Since hangers are made of metal, they can corrode and become loose. Heavy rainfall can also exert too much pressure on the gutters, causing the fasteners to loosen. Consequently, the gutters may sag or detach from the roof during a storm or heavy rain. You must re-tighten the hangers to prevent gutter flooding and leaks. If the fasteners are corroded, replace them immediately.
Visually inspect your gutters to check for the above signs of damage. Contact your roofing contractor for gutter repair and restoration services.