Simple Solutions for Fixing Sagging Gutters

If your gutter system is starting to sag, it is quite likely that you can agree that it is quite an eyesore. Not only are sagging systems unsightly, they may cause a number of other issues to develop in and around the home. This system is designed to move water away from the home.

If sagging occurs, drainage issues may develop and water may overflow onto sensitive components of the structure. In turn, this could result in damage – from the roof all the wall down to the foundation.

What Causes Sagging Gutters? 

There are many issues that may result in a sag in your gutter system. These include clogs, loose attachments, misalignments, ice dams, age, and more. Prior to initiating the process of correcting the sagging gutters, you need to determine the underlying cause.

In many instances, determining the cause may allow you to immediately correct the issue. For example, if you find that the gutter is clogged, cleaning away the clog may resolve the problem immediately. 

The Steps

  1. Inspect the Fascia Board – The fascia board is one that runs the total length of the home and sits directly under the roof. It acts as a means of support for the gutter system as the board fasteners are attached to the fascia board. If you find that your gutters are sagging, check to see if this board is experiencing wood rot. If so, you will need to replace it. 
  2. Evaluate Spikes and/or Screws – If you have an old system, it will have spikes. If you have a newer system, it will have screws. These components may loosen or strip, over time. If your system is sagging, evaluate the spikes or screws. You may find that some need replaced due to the development of rust or becoming stripped. If new holes are needed, make them above where the old holes are as this will help to ensure that the proper slope of the gutter system is maintained. 
  3. Inspect Gutter Brackets – The gutter brackets attach directly behind the gutter system to the fascia board. Over time, these components may become rusted or loose. If your system is sagging, remove any old brackets and replace, as necessary. 
  4. Replace the Hangers – There are hangers in the gutter system that helps to ensure everything stays in place. These hook underneath the front edge and in the back of the system. If damaged, loose, or old they may cause sagging. 
  5. Clean – Once you have inspected all other components of your gutter system, it is advised that you clean it thoroughly. This means removing debris in the system that has accumulated and ensuring there is no blockage in the downspouts. 

Contact Us Today 

If – after completing the steps outlined in this guide – you find that your gutter system is still sagging and not functioning properly, it may be time for a new system.

Contact us here at Southern Industries Home Improvements and let us help you determine if your home is ready for a new system. Be sure to inquire about our low-cost installation special: (833) 240-4900

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