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Leaky roofing and leaky pipes can cause a lot of damage to a house. If you don't act quickly, these two problems can result in major repairs that can get quite costly and complicated. My blog will show you how to identify these problem areas and how to judge the severity of the damage sustained. Having restored a few homes over the years before selling them, I have a lot of experience working with water damaged homes. I hope that all of the information that I have included here in this blog will help you get through the process with fewer issues.

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Gutter Problems That Will Lead To Structural Damage And Costly Repairs

by Paul Burton

Structural problems are often caused by leaks or water getting into your home. In some areas of the exterior of your home, the problems are hard to spot. The gutters are one of the places where leaks can start and structural damage can develop. Here are some tips to help you find and repair gutters before they cause leaks and structural damage to your home:

1. Sectional Gutters Leaking at The Joints and Causing Damage              

Sectional gutters are a common material found on older homes and are likely to develop leaks. The sections of gutters can begin to leak when seams begin to wear and water tarts to get behind them. Sectional gutters are also more likely to work loose when water begins to get behind them. If you have sectional gutters on your home, replacing them with a continuous material will help ensure your gutters do not cause problems with leaks and structural damage.

2. Fasteners Coming Loose and Damaging Gutters or Leaking

Gutters are often fastened with nails that go through the eaves and are meant to attach to rafters. When the nail does not hit the rafter, this can cause it to eventually work loose and the gutter to begin to fall off your home. To address this issue, the nail needs to be replaced. Using screws is a good way to prevent the gutter from coming loose again. Where an old nail was, you can use a bolt to cover the hole and secure the gutter. Sections of gutters coming loose is less common with continuous gutter materials.

3. Low Quality Materials Wearing Out and Beginning to Leak

Gutters are also available in many different materials, and some materials are more durable than others. Overtime, cheap gutters can begin to wear and corrode. This will eventually lead to leaks around areas with the most wear. To prevent this, make sure that you have quality materials installed by a professional gutter installer. The gutters should be made from a thicker gauged material and have a protective finish on them to protect them from wear. When you have continuous gutters installed, they are made on sight from rolls of quality metal materials.

These are some of the areas where your gutters may start to leak and cause damage to your home. If you have gutters that are damaged, contact a gutter installation service, such as Gutter Magician NKY to have them repair or replace your gutters before the damage gets worse. 

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