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Have you noticed water dribbling down the side of your house or puddles near your foundation? While it might seem like a suddenly random occurrence, these problems don’t just come out of nowhere. Generally, this problem comes from clogged gutters filled with leaves, branches, or other foreign objects.

Unfortunately, gutters tend to be an afterthought for homeowners when it comes to maintenance and upkeep projects, but this essential fixture plays an important role in the health and safety of your home. Learn more about the common cause of clogged gutters, what you can do about it, and how our professional team at AFS Foundation & Waterproofing Specialists can help you protect your home. 

What Can Clog Your Gutters 

Your gutters are hung on the fascia board just below your roof. Due to their location, gutters can collect more than just water, especially if there are tall trees in close proximity to your house. Here are some of most common objects that cause clogged gutters: 

Leaves and Twigs

Nearby trees are responsible for the majority of clogs in gutters. Especially with the change of season from summer to fall, leaves can easily collect in gutters. During strong storms and wind events, twigs and pine needles can be blown into the gutters, as well. Plants could even start to sprout in the gutters with the right amount of dirt, debris, and seeds. 

Animals

Animals and pests including birds, squirrels, and bugs may be drawn to your home’s gutters, especially if they have easy access to your roof. Pests can scamper across gutters, build nests, and leave droppings behind. None of these byproducts are healthy or safe for your gutters.

Other Materials

Dirt, dust, and even man made objects can collect inside your gutters. If your roof sustains significant damage or was not installed properly, materials such as screws, shingles, tar, and caulk can fall into the gutter trough and lead to blockages and other damage. Don’t leave a badly thrown ball or toys on your roof either, even these can cause problems for your gutters.

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How Clogged Gutters Can Damage Your Home 

The purpose of gutters and downspouts is to collect excess rainwater and snowmelt to direct it away from your home’s foundation. This is crucial, especially in areas like Chattanooga that experience a lot of rain and flooding events. If your gutters are clogged or otherwise damaged, your home can suffer significant damage, including the following: 

  • Gutter and Downspout Failure – Your gutters could become heavy with significant clogs, causing them to sag and affecting their alignment. They could collapse, detach completely, and need to be replaced. 
  • Foundation Damage If water cannot properly collect in the gutters or drain from the downspouts, more than likely it will spill over and down the side of your home or directly onto or near your foundation. Even though Chattanooga’s soil is generally well-drained silty loam, too much water in the soil can lead to hydrostatic pressure being forced onto the foundation. Foundation walls can start to crack and bow inward, floors can crack and heave, and other areas of your home could have drywall nail pops, sticking windows and doors, and uneven floors. 
  • Basement Leaks and Flooding As noted above, excessive hydrostatic pressure from overly saturated soil can cause foundation walls to crack and bow. This also can let water leak inside the basement. Any water that finds its way inside your basement is bad news, as it can lead to increased humidity, mold and mildew growth, attract pests, and damage any stored possessions. This is extremely unhealthy and unsafe for you and your family. 
  • Attic Leaks and Damage – Just as water from the gutters can impact your basement, it also could leak inside your attic. If there are any cracks or holes around this area atop your home, problematic gutters can dump water inside and lead to similar damage. The humidity in the attic can increase, mold can form on various materials including insulation, and any stored items can sustain significant damage. 

FAQs about clogged gutters

Having a reliable gutter system is crucial, but it’s also important to make sure the gutters stay clog-free to work their best. This is particularly important for areas like Chattanooga that see a lot of rain throughout the year. Fixtures such as gutter guards and leaf filters go a long way to protect these essential water management systems, as do the many gutter solutions offered by AFS. But the most important piece of the puzzle is regular gutter cleaning and maintenance.

A good rule of thumb to follow is a twice-yearly cleaning and inspection schedule, usually in the spring and fall. These are times when gutters are most likely to clog due to budding or falling leaves. It might feel like a daunting task, but it is important, nonetheless. If you are not keen on climbing ladders to reach your gutters, don’t hesitate to contact professionals for cleaning and inspection.

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Address Your Gutter Concerns with Professional Assistance from AFS 

Clogged gutters are hazardous to your home and its safety. Keeping them clean and in good working order is the key to protecting your foundation from water damage. 

If you notice your gutters are clogged, and there is water pooling near your foundation, don’t hesitate to seek the help of experienced professionals right away. Our expert team at AFS will inspect your home – including your gutters, foundation, and other areas – to determine any underlying or potential problems and their causes. Our team has tailor-made solutions designed to address your individual needs. Contact us today to get started and schedule your free inspection and no-obligation quote

For any homeowner, a properly working water management system is vital to your home’s health. This includes gutters and downspouts, as both work to move precipitation away from your home. If there is a problem with either of these systems, your home and foundation could sustain significant water damage. Gutters that leak can’t do their job properly, and the water that they are supposed to intercept can pool around your yard.

If you see water leaking from your gutters, make sure you contact the professional team at AFS Foundation & Waterproofing Specialists as soon as possible. We have the tools needed to repair your gutters and keep your home protected. Read on to learn more. 

Why Your Gutters Are Leaking 

It can be easy to take gutters for granted and not notice any problems with them until they can’t do their job as intended. Leaking gutters can be obvious as well as difficult to spot. Here are some reasons why your gutters may be leaking: 

  • Clogs – Your gutters could be clogged by a variety of things, from leaves and twigs to animal nests or pollen. If the trough of your gutters is blocked and water cannot drain to the downspout, it has nowhere else to go but over the side and down onto your home. 
  • Holes – Holes could be punctured through the gutter by stray screws and roofing material, animal and pest activity, or improper installation.  
  • Rust – Similarly, rust can form in your gutters, eat away at them, and lead to holes and other voids that will allow water to leak.
  • Gutter Joint Separation – Most gutters are installed in sections around the fascia board and are sealed or designed to lock together. These sections and joints can separate, usually due to excess weight like clogs, and cause water to leak through the gap. 

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Damage Caused by Leaking Gutters 

Water from any source can be hazardous, and here are some ways leaking gutters can impact your home: 

Attic Leaks and Damage 

When your gutters are installed, they are attached to the fascia board under your roof. If there are any cracks or holes in your roof or adjoining attic, water from your gutters could leak inside the attic. This can damage anything you have stored there, as well as lead to excessive humidity and mold growth on various materials including insulation. 

Foundation Damage 

Whether it’s just dripping water or an overflow of precipitation, leaking water from your gutters always needs somewhere to go. Normally, the water is absorbed by the loam-soil native to Chattanooga. However, the area experiences heavy rainfall throughout the year, which can lead to eroded soil or hydrostatic pressure that pushes against foundation walls. Foundation problems including wall cracks and leaks, wall bowing, floor heaving, sticking windows and doors, and more can result as leaking water collects in your yard.

Basement Leaks and Flooding 

As we just described, hydrostatic pressure creates problems for your foundation by affecting its stability and pushing up against it to cause cracking. This same process can cause damage to basement walls, and this is a telltale sign that there is a leakage problem with your gutters. Leaking water can produce stains, efflorescence, puddles, and mold growth in your basement. 

Frequently Asked Questions- Leaky Gutters

Sometimes, it can be difficult to pinpoint exactly where your gutter is leaking. Especially if it is clogged with various debris. One easy way to get an idea is to watch the gutter at work during a rainstorm. Spraying water inside with a hose or dumping a bucket of water also can help you look for where the leak is located. The latter can be particularly dangerous on your own, so it’s a good idea to have assistance from someone else.  

We urge you to use caution, and if there is any doubt at all, contact professionals like our team at AFS for assistance.

The right solution to fix a leaking gutter depends on the size of the leak and the overall condition of the gutter. Many homeowners opt for DIY fixes like patches, caulking, and other sealants. But these are not always the most effective or permanent solutions. By contacting AFS for guidance, we can inspect your gutters and determine the best solution for your home’s unique repair needs.

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Trust AFS with Your Leaking Gutter Problems and Solutions 

Gutter leaks can cause major damage to your home if left unchecked. Foundation cracks, mold growth, and musty smells are all symptoms of leaking gutters. However, the best way to know for sure what you are up against is to have a professional inspect your home. 

That’s where our expert team at AFS comes in. We will perform a thorough evaluation of the inside and outside of your home – including the gutters, foundation, and basement – and diagnose the source of the problems. We’ll then recommend quality solutions best suited for exactly what your home needs. Start the process today by contacting us to schedule a free inspection and repair estimate

Over time, gutter joints can become separated, leading to leaks and an unsightly appearance. Usually, separated gutter joints occur as debris grows in your gutters, pressing down with increased weight. When water leaks from your gutters, it can pool around your home’s foundation, causing structural instability to your foundation or water damage to your crawl space and basement. AFS proudly provides gutter solutions to homeowners in Chattanooga.

Color photo of a bad gutter with holes and broken downspout.

Why Are My Gutter Joints Separating? 

Joint separation is primarily due to three main causes, poorly maintained gutters, improperly installed gutters, and gutter blockages. Blockages cause weight to build up in your gutter, both from trapped water and debris like leaves or branches. Ultimately, this increased weight causes your gutter to detach at the joints. Rust on poorly maintained gutters can also weaken the joints, leading to breakage. Additionally, improperly installed gutters can also lead to joint separation. Thankfully, these issues can all be remedied by our expert team at AFS and we offer free inspections. One of our specialists will be able to identify gutter problems at your home at no cost to you!

Gutter Blockages

Many objects can get trapped in your gutters, including leaves, ice, and or trash. Debris causes water to become blocked and overflow into your yard. For this reason, it is important to keep your gutters clean and free of any debris. While homeowners maintain other parts of their home’s exteriors, gutters are often an overlooked component. Along with a standard inspection of your home, be sure to thoroughly check and clean your gutters of any gathered debris. This prevents your gutter’s joints from breaking and separating, and by extension, prevents water from damaging your home.

Old, Damaged Gutters

Another thing that can cause gutter joint separation is damage sustained over time. Gutters, especially metal ones, are susceptible to rusting. This can weaken the gutter’s joints, causing them to break. Rust might even cause an entire section of your gutter to break, allowing water to fall through the space directly onto your home’s foundation. If left unchecked, water will continue to pool and cause structural damage to the foundation. Keeping your gutters well maintained and repaired is one way to avoid separated joists.

Improper Installation

If gutters have not been installed properly, this can cause the joints to be attached incorrectly. This is especially prevalent when homeowners attempt a DIY installation, or trust installation to be handled by a run-of-the-mill contractor. Rest assured, our staff is equipped with the expertise and equipment needed to properly install, repair, and maintain your gutters. 

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Frequently Asked Questions – Gutter Joints

A gutter joint is the seam that holds two pieces of a gutter together. They may be connected by caulk, rivets, sealants, or by just pushing them together. If your gutter’s joints become separated, major problems may occur such as water damage to your foundation and basement.

It is especially important to evaluate and maintain your gutter’s joints, as they are a major part of your gutter’s structural integrity. If your gutter joints fail, then your gutters can begin to slope downward and drain water directly onto your home and its foundation.

At AFS, we are equipped with skilled technicians that can assess your problem and find the best solution for you. We have all the tools and innovative solutions to effectively resolve your issue, so you can rest assured that the job has been done right! 

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Regularly inspecting your gutters and ensuring they are free of blockages or rust is the key to preventing your gutters from separating at their joints. Old, rusted pipes cause your gutter joints to break and crack, while weight from debris can put unnecessary stress on gutter joints. At AFS, you can trust our skilled technicians to thoroughly assess your home from top to bottom. We provide FREE inspections at NO obligation to you, so contact us today if you suspect there is a problem with your gutters!

A gutter slope – also known as a gutter pitch – refers to the degree in which your gutters slope downward. This tilt is imperceptible from far away, making your gutters look like they are parallel to your roof. This downward slope is what allows water to flow down and out of your gutters. When your gutters are sloped improperly, blockages can begin to form as debris gets stuck inside the gutters. Without a proper gutter slope, water can also start to pool in the gutters, as it has nowhere to flow.  

An improper gutter slope can lead to water overflowing out of the sides of your gutters and hitting the sides of your home. As water drains onto the walls of your home, it can lead to wood rot, which causes additional structural damage. Additionally, as the water makes its way down the side of your home, it pools around your foundation. This pool of water can affect your home’s structural integrity, as well as cause water damage in your basement or crawl space.  

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Do Your Gutters Look Like This? 

Do your gutters tilt higher or lower than they did when they were installed? If so, you may need a gutter repair professional to evaluate your gutters and find the best solution. If this photo appears familiar, then don’t hesitate to contact AFS. Our skilled technicians can assess your gutters and provide a solution. 

Tips for Dealing with Improper Gutter Slope 

As mentioned above, an improper gutter pitch can lead to many problems. That is why it is so important to keep your gutters maintained and in top shape. Below are some tips you can follow to ensure your gutter’s slope is tilted the right amount. 

Clean Your Gutters 

Over time, leaves and debris gather in your gutters. If not removed, the debris can create a blockage that begins to weigh down your gutters. These blockages can also cause water to overflow out the sides of your gutters, causing more water damage to your home and its siding. You should try to clean out your gutters at least twice a year. Cleaning your gutters doesn’t have to be something you tackle on your own. There are many gutter cleaning services that can take on the task for you. 

Use a Level to Measure Slope 

The slope of your gutters can be difficult to detect with your bare eye. When measuring your gutter’s slope, you should use a level to ensure the tilt is at the right degree. To check your slope with a level, simply line it with the lip of the gutter, making sure that it is sloped down towards the downspout. Your gutters should remain level from front to back; however, the pitch should slope around a quarter- to a half-inch for every 10 feet of gutter. Exactly how much slope your gutters should have can be determined by your gutter repair professional. 

Gutter Has Standing Water 

Standing water in your gutters is never a good thing. It almost certainly means that there is an issue with your gutter’s slope. If incorrectly pitched, your gutters can take on water instead of allowing it to flow through freely. After periods of heavy rainfall, you should check your gutters for standing water. If you cannot find a blockage or other problem wrong with your gutters, then your gutter slope should be adjusted. 

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Frquently Asked Questions – Sloping Gutters

The short answer is yes, you can adjust your gutter’s slope without needing to replace the entire gutter system. If your gutter system is in good shape – other than the slope – then you can just have the pitch adjusted by a gutter repair professional.

Your gutters are meant to channel water from your roof, down the downspout, and out and away from your home. If you have standing water in your gutters, this means they are not functioning as they should. If you find that water is pooling in your gutters, you should check for blockages. If there are no blockages, then you should contact one of our technicians to come assess your gutter slope.

You can look for a few basic signs that you may need full gutter replacements. Be aware of rotting, peeling, cracking, or mildew. All of these are signs that your gutters are failing or close to failing completely. Don’t wait too long, as damaged gutters can cause major issues beyond foundation damage.

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    Yes, it will. Our system has been tested to handle 20+ inches of rain per hour. Because of our patented design and our AquaFlow accessories, our system works in the heaviest of rains. Our rep will show you a water demo during your appointment.

    Our gutter protection system works by allowing water in, while keeping debris, like leaves and pine straw, out. We offer the largest gutter protection system on the market today. Our rep will show you the benefits of our system during your appointment.

    Actually, the steeper the better! A steeper roof moves water faster down the roof into our gutter, due to surface tension. A flatter roof catches water and has a difficult time getting rid of it. This will become more clear during our water demo.

    No! Our system attaches directly to your fascia board and does not go under your roof shingles.

    No problem! Your roofing contractor can actually remove the old roof and install your new roof over your new gutter system. Our system is NOT installed under your roof shingles. We offer assistance to your roofing contractor, if needed.

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