Connecticut Contractor reg. #0055617
92 Camp Ave, Suite 5
Stamford, CT 06907
Fax: (203) 461-8562
7 Island Brook Avenue
Bridgeport, CT 06606
Being a full service gutter company means that we are able to perform a full range of gutter repairs. Our technicians are trained to spot problem areas with your current gutter system that can easily be overlooked by any homeowner.
Typically, the evaluation of your gutters is best done while the gutters are being cleaned. This way we can see what is in the gutter, how the gutter is attached to the fascia board or roof line, evaluate the downspout drainage and check the condition of the edge of the roof.
Below are some common problems diagnosed by our trained technicians:
- Normal wear and tear: After about 20 years, aluminum and copper gutters typically begin to develop pinholes due to oxidation. So when it rains, water drips from gutters that appear to be in good condition. Gutter replacement is the only solution.
- Sagging gutters: Older gutters often sag because years ago contractors used big spike nails to nail the gutter through the front and back of the gutter into the fascia board. Because the metal constantly expands and contracts, over time the gutters literally pull the spikes out, weakening the whole gutter system. Unfortunately, some contractors still use those spikes instead of inside hidden gutter hangers which should be screwed into the fascia board instead of nailed. Gutter replacement is usually necessary to correct this problem. On newer sagging gutters it is sometimes possible to install inside hidden hangers to reinforce and re-pitch them.
- Storm damage, which usually occurs when falling objects, such as branches & trees, crush gutters during storms. Sometimes during rain storms, gutter spikes will push out when the gutters are full and weighed down with water. In the winter, lesser quality gutter screws can also snap under the weight of ice or snow. For safety reasons especially, corrective action should be taken as soon as possible.
- Damaged downspouts: Downspouts serve the important function of moving water collected by gutters away from the foundation and should always be repaired in a timely manner. Usually just the dented or crushed section of the downspout has to be replaced which is relatively inexpensive.
- Standing water in gutters: This can be the result of improperly installed gutters that don't pitch enough so the water doesn't flow toward the downspout. It can also be the result of sagging gutters, which were nailed to the fascia board with gutter spikes, or perhaps hidden hangers were used but they were nailed rather than screwed in. Re-pitching the gutters and reinforcing them with inside hidden hangers and proper screws can typically fix this.
Ice daming is a common problem for houses and buildings in cold climates. An ice dam can occur when snow accumulates on the slanted roof of a house with inadequate insulation and ventilation in the attic. Warmth coming up through the roof, melts the snow where it meets the roof surface. Melted water flows down the roof, under the blanket of snow, onto the eave and into the gutter, where colder conditions on the overhang cause it to freeze. Eventually, ice builds up along the eave and in the gutter. Behind this ice dam forms a puddle of water which can be anywhere from several to 18 inches + deep that cannot drain through the gutter system!
This is a serious problem that can result in:
- Leaking roof
- Wet, ineffective insulation, which will need to be replaced
- Stained or cracked plaster or drywall
- Rotting timber
- Stained, blistered or peeling paint.
Under extreme conditions, with heavy snow and severe cold, almost any house can have an ice dam. However, homes with poor insulation and ventilation will develop ice dams during average winter weather.Giant icicles hanging from the eaves or the gutters are one indication of a poorly insulated and/or poorly ventilated attic.
The short-term remedy is to "cut" some channels in the ice dam to drain the water from behind it and to remove the snow off the roof. However, as simple as this seems, we do not recommend that you do this yourself! Inexperience can lead to unnecessary roof damage, gutter damage or even worse, seriouspersonal injury or death.
The long-term remedy is to enlist the services of a professional roofer/carpenter and insulation specialist in order to properly insulate the attic and make sure the attic has proper ventilation. This kind of work is best done in the spring, summer or fall, not in the winter.
If this ever happens to your home, please call us as we may be able to remove the snow and ice off the roof for you. This should "buy" you some time to remedy the problem for good. Finally, by no means should you ever go up on the snow and ice covered roof yourself!
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