Gutters prevent your yard from absorbing too much moisture, which can later infiltrate your basement. They also protect your roof from severe damage, so it’s crucial to keep your gutter system in excellent condition.
Nevertheless, over time, your gutter system will age and wear. Loose gutters are a clear sign you need a repair or replacement.
Common Signs of Loose Gutters
The fascia board connects to the gutters, so it’s usually easy to spot leaks between these components. When this happens, you’ll notice water running on your walls or the gutter’s front lip.
- Loose Screws
Gutter nails or spikes go through your gutter material and lodge themselves into the fascia board and rafters. Over time, the mounting nails can loosen due to age or wear. Your roofers can hammer them back into place. However, repeatedly hammering gutter spikes can enlarge the fascia hole, causing the gutters to come loose.
- Lipped Gutters
When large amounts of water keep pooling in the same area over and over, a lip will eventually form on the gutter. In other cases, lipped gutters can be due to water expanding into ice or damage from a falling tree branch. Make sure to call a gutter expert to fix the issue.
How to Prevent Loose Gutters
Frequent cleaning can prevent leaves and debris from clogging your gutters. Trapped water is one of the primary culprits behind several gutter issues. It’s also important to ensure the gutter hangers are properly spaced and the fasteners are correctly attached and have the right size.
Furthermore, you should have your fascia inspected and replaced when necessary. Fascia rot happens when gutters come loose and expose the fascia to moisture.