Did you know that weather-related damage accounts for more than half of all homeowner’s insurance claims?
Weather elements like wind and rain can present a serious risk to your home. That is why your rain gutter is such an important first line of defense against water damage. Rain gutters direct water runoff away from your home, protecting your foundation and structure.
But if your gutter becomes damaged or is poorly maintained, it can actually develop a slope towards your house. This causes water to be redirected right at your home, completely defeating the purpose of a gutter.
Want to learn how to fix a gutter slope? Keep reading to learn more.
Check for Clogs
In most cases, gutters begin sloping because they are clogged with debris. They can become filled with leaves and twigs, which then causes water to stand in the gutter rather than draining properly.
This standing water then adds additional weight. Not only that, but it can also pose a health risk and attract mosquitos to your backyard. This is why is critical to check your drains regularly and clear any blockages.
Tracking the Debris
It’s normal for gutters to collect a certain amount of debris (which is why it is important to clean them regularly). That said, if you find that your gutters are getting clogged often, you may want to look for the source of the excess debris.
For instance, there might be a tree directly above your gutter dropping leaves and sticks. Trimming branches back from this tree could help prevent future clogs.
Gutter Pulling Away From the Home?
If your gutter has been unclogged and is still sloping, it may be due to a wearing down of the fasteners that connect it to your home. These fasteners can be worn down by the elements over time. They can also break due to strain caused by clogged gutters.
If your gutters had been clogged for quite a while before being cleaned out, you may need to replace the fasteners to set the gutter back in place. When choosing new brackets, make sure to use heavy-duty ones made of a material that can withstand the outdoor elements.
Keep in mind that, in order to reach your gutters and properly clean them, you’ll need to get up on a ladder, so do not attempt to do this task alone. In fact, unclogging a stubborn gutter is usually best left to professionals to avoid injury.
Put an End to Gutter Slope
With these tips in hand, you’ll soon be able to put an end to the gutter slope spilling rain on your home. This will keep your home’s foundation protected.
Want to prevent a sloping gutter before it becomes a problem? Schedule a regular gutter cleaning to make sure your gutter is not overwhelmed and clogged with leaves and debris.