4 Common Gutter Problems Experienced by Homeowners.

As a premier gutter replacement and repair service serving Middle Tennessee, we’ve seen it all. Gutters are a vital part of your home, yet many homeowners neglect the well-being of their gutters and end up causing extensive damage to their home. The purpose of a gutter system is to divert water away from the foundation of your home, therefore actively thwarting any damage. In order to protect the structural integrity of your home, your gutter system must be properly functioning. If you leave it be, you may end up paying for more than just a replacement gutter system! Take a look at some of the most common gutter problems experienced by homeowners.

Clogged Gutters

Clogged-GuttersThis is the most obvious and common problem with a home gutter system. If you do not properly inspect and maintain your gutters, they will fill up with leaves, twigs, branches, pests, standing water, and so much more. After every major storm, check to see if your gutters are filled to the brim. If so, they are severely clogged and should be fixed as soon as possible. In addition, clogged gutters can cause more than just an overflow of water. Between wrecking the foundation of your home and allowing water into your home, clogged gutters simply are not worth it. Remember to regularly inspect and maintain your gutters to avoid this situation. Clogged gutters can cause:

  • Mold Damage
  • Foundation Cracking
  • Basement Flooding
  • Siding Damage
  • And far more.

Gutters pulling away from the house.

If your gutters seem to be pulling away from your home or sagging, they are old and need to be replaced, or they may simply need new hangers. Although this is an easy repair, your best bet is to call a professional contractor who is comfortable performing the repair. At times, the weight of the gutters may simply be too much for the hangers. If your gutters are filled with debris and standing water, their weight will increase and cause them to sag or pull away!

Gutter Leaks and Holes.

Another typical problem facing residential gutter system is leaks and holes. Depending on the size of the hole, you may need to seal it with caulk or cover it with a patch. Although it may seem like an easy fix, a professional gutter inspector will know where to look for typical leaks and how to properly take care of the situation.

Incorrect gutter pitch.

In order for your gutters to properly flow water away from the foundation, they must be properly pitched towards the downspout. The recommended pitch grade is ¼ inch for every 10 feet. The best way to measure the pitch of your gutters is to check for standing water after a rainstorm. If your gutters are perfectly clear and there is still standing water, the pitch is incorrect.

Now, these common gutter problems are able to be fixed by residential homeowners. However, if your house is too tall for a ladder, or you do not have experience fixing gutters, we do not recommend that you attempt to fix these situations. By calling an experienced gutter professional, you’ll save money and have peace of mind knowing that your gutters are completely and professionally repaired.

If you are experiencing any of these household gutter problems, be sure to call L & L Contractors at (615) 372-4765 for your free gutter consultation.

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Spring is the perfect season for a roof inspection.


Spring is the perfect season for a roof inspection.

Although Punxsutawney Phil has unfortunately predicted another six weeks of winter, it’s still a good time to begin thinking about home repairs in the spring. All winter long your sturdy roof has protected you and your family from nature’s wind, snow, rain and ice. But did you know that during that time period, your roof could have become extremely damaged in the process? With spring approaching, you should begin to take the necessary steps to ensure that your roof is ready for the rest of the year.

Prepare your roof for spring by assessing the winter damage.

Once all of the severe winter weather has cleared, you should look for significant damage to your roof. However, only a professional roofing contractor can truly assess the amount of damage done. Do not try and inspect the potential damage yourself! By having a professional roof inspection completed on your home, you’ll be able to understand just how much or how little damage occurred during the winter season.

A variety of winter elements can severely damage your roof, such as:

  • Snow
  • Ice
  • Severe freezing rain
  • Tree branches
  • Wind
  • Hail
  • Puddles

Winter storms and precipitation can cause leaks, puncture and crack shingles, and even result in further damage inside your home. A professional and thorough roof inspection will accurately detect any destruction to your roof, and devise an effective plan of action for your timely repair.

Warm weather is ideal for a roof inspection.

Spring is the best time to schedule a complete roof inspection as the warmer weather allows the assessment and repair to be completed in a timely fashion. In addition, repairing your roof early on in the spring allows your roof several months to relax before the frigid winter returns.

With spring coming soon, call L & L Contractors at 615-372-4765 to schedule your free roof consultation today. Our professional roofing contractors will determine just how much damage Old Man Winter caused this year, and get your roof ready for the rest of the year.

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