Just like your roof, your gutters have been working hard for you over the winter months. They dealt with icy rain, snow and leaf debris. However, now that spring is here, they need to be ready. Winter can be one of the most intense seasons for gutters, especially if ice begins to form at any point. Winter may have weakened your gutters, which can cause damage to your roof. Even minor damage to your gutters can become a larger problem, if not properly maintained.
Potential Gutter Problems
While some problems you may encounter will be minor, heavy spring and summer rains can bring about further damage. For example, gutters that have been weakened by the weight of ice or snow may experience a catastrophic collapse the next time they encounter a heavy rain. Even minor leaks will allow water to escape and pool in areas that may create safety hazards or damage your home. This water can eventually damage your windows, siding and foundation. If you have steel gutters, they may also be subject to rust. This is particularly true during snowy conditions.
Gutter seams are potential weak spots that can spring leaks. With this in mind, gutter seams are definitely areas that you should inspect closely. Also verify the strength of the brackets that secure the gutters on your home. They may have bent under a heavy load of snow and ice.
Other Gutter Issues to Look For
Mold and rot can bring about the need for expensive repairs to your home, especially if unnoticed for an extended period of time. Areas in your gutters that harbored stagnating leaf debris can quickly foster mold growth or even cause rot inside your home’s siding and walls. It's important to ensure that your gutters are protected against piling debris. Also, make sure that there isn’t any potential mold or rot issues along your roof line.
Give your gutters a thorough cleaning and check for problem areas were debris appears to pile up. This may indicate that your gutters need to be adjusted or that you need gutter guards installed.
For more information on keeping your gutters, as well as your roof, in great condition, contact Fortress Roofing at (801) 205-6100. We are proud to provide excellent roofing services to the Salt Lake City area of Utah.