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Have you noticed water dribbling down the side of your house and puddles near your foundation? While it may seem like it, these problems don’t just come out of nowhere. These and other home damage issues can have many causes, but a major culprit is clogged gutters. Unfortunately, gutters tend to be an afterthought for homeowners when it comes to maintenance and upkeep projects. But these essential fixtures have a lot of sway over the health and safety of your home. Gutters that are not regularly cleaned and maintained can clog with various debris and not be able to collect or drain water properly. Water will overflow from the gutters and fall directly next to your home’s foundation. From there, many problems can form, fester, and wreak havoc on your home.  

Read on to learn more about the common cause of gutter problems, what you can do about it, and how the 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. Because of 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 the nuisances that can clog gutters: 

Flora

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. 

Fauna

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

Other Materials

Dirt, dust, and even pollen can collect inside and stain 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.

How Clogged Gutters Can Damage Your Home

The purpose of gutters and downspouts is to collect excess rainwater and snowmelt and 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 either of these pieces is clogged or otherwise damaged, your home can suffer significant damage as well, including the following: 

  • Gutter and Downspout Failure – Your gutters could become heavy with significant clogs, causing them to sag, detach from the house, and affect the alignment with the gutters. They could fail, 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 excessive hydrostatic pressure being forced on 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 inside the basement in the form of seemingly minor leaks or significant flooding. Any water that finds its way inside your basement is bad, 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

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 proper water management and foundation protection. 

If you notice your gutters are clogged, there is water spilling over and 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. They will also present you with a written estimate of tailor-made solutions for your home. Contact us today to get started and schedule your free inspection and no-obligation quote.

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    It is vital for your home to have properly working water management systems. This includes gutters and downspouts. If there is a problem with one of these essential pieces, your home could sustain significant damage. Your first line of defense is your gutters, which are intended to collect excess rainwater and keep it away from your foundation with the help of attached downspouts and extensions. Gutters that leak or have other damage can’t do their job properly, and the water that they are supposed to intercept can end up inside your home. 

    If you see water dripping or pouring down from over your gutters, make sure you contact the professional team at AFS Foundation & Waterproofing Specialists as soon as possible. We can get to the root of any water management problems and repair them to better protect your home.

    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 and other debris. 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, other debris noted above, animal and pest activity, and improper installation.  
    • Rust – Similarly, rust can form in your gutters, eat away at them, and lead to holes and other voids that will leak water. 
    • 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. 

    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 a seemingly small leak or a significant overflow of water from the gutters, water from leaking gutters can flow down the side of your house and collect on or next to your foundation. This water needs somewhere to go, and it is usually soaked up through the typically well-drained silty loam soil throughout Chattanooga. But the area experiences frequent heavy rain throughout the year, and the overly saturated soil can lead to 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. 

    Basement Leaks and Flooding

    As we just described, hydrostatic pressure creates problems for your foundation affecting its stability, and the cracks created in the walls and floor can leak and lead to puddles and even flooding. One telltale sign that there is a problem with your gutters and downspouts is damage in a corner of your basement. Leaking water can leave behind stains, efflorescence, puddles, and lead to mold growth. 

    Frequently Asked Questions

    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 be tricky to find and fix. Problems around your home like foundation cracks and basement leaks could come from a variety of sources including leaking gutters. The only way to know for sure what you are up against is to have a professional inspection of 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.

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      There are many warning signs to alert you that there is damage to your home’s gutters. A common problem that can occur to gutters over time is the separation of your gutter’s joint. Often due to clogged gutters, separated gutter joints are not only unsightly, but they also contribute greatly to water leaks. When water leaks from your gutters, it can pool around your home’s foundation, causing structural instability to your foundation and water damage and leakage in your basement.

      Why Are My Gutter Joints Separating?

      Joint separation is mainly due to two things: poorly maintained gutters and gutter blockages. From blockages to improper installation, your gutters may have sustained damage that cause the gutter joint to separate which may lead to larger issues.  These issues can all be remedied by the right people. At AFS, we never pull away from a job, and we always make sure that the job is done right the first time! Our inspection program also makes it easy for you to stay on top of these problems at no cost to you. 

      • Gutter Blockages: A lot of things can get trapped in your gutters, such as leaves, ice, and even trash. That is why it is so important to keep your gutters clean and free of any debris. While you may maintain your home’s exterior, gutters are often overlooked by homeowners. As a part of the inspection of your home, you should check and thoroughly clean your gutters of any gathered debris. This helps prevent your gutter’s joint from breaking and separating, which can cause water leaks and other damage. 
      • Old, Damaged Gutters: Another thing that can cause gutter joint separation is poor maintenance over time. Gutters, especially metal ones, are susceptible to rusting. This can weaken the gutter’s joints, causing them to break. This allows water to fall through the space directly onto your home’s foundation where it will start to pool. Keeping your gutters efficiently maintained and repaired are the keys to eliminating separated joints. 
      • Improper Installation: If your gutters have not been installed properly, this can cause the joints to be attached incorrectly. This is especially true if you attempted to install your gutters on your own or you went with a cheap technician that isn’t well equipped to handle gutters. That is why our staff is equipped with the knowledge and equipment needed to properly install and help maintain your gutters. 

      Frequently Asked Questions

      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.

      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.

      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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      Get an Answer to Your Gutter Problems with AFS

       Available in Chattanooga, our gutters are the solution to your gutter joint separation problems.  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 don’t hesitate to reach out if you suspect there is a problem with your gutters! 

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        There are several things that can cause your home’s gutters to slope incorrectly. 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. This water makes its way down the side of your home to your home’s foundation where it will begin to pool. This pool of water can affect your home’s structural integrity, as well as cause water damage in your basement or crawl space.  

        Unsure if your gutter slope is correct? Contact our experts for a FREE, no-obligation inspection

        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. Below are several pictures of incorrectly sloped gutters. If these photos appear familiar, then you most likely need to contact us at AFS. Our skilled technicians can assess your home 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 First: 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 put gutters on your Spring Cleaning list, and try to clean them out 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.

        Frequently Asked Questions

        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.

        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.

        Most gutters are designed to last as long as 20 years; however, with frequent rain and snowfalls in Chattanooga, your gutters may need to be replaced before then. If your gutters are rusted and falling apart, you need to invest in a new gutter system. The same is true if your gutters become damaged during storms. If you find yourself wondering if you need new gutters, it’s best to contact our experts for a free inspection at no obligation to you!

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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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