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What Causes Water to Leak Behind Your Gutters?

Leak Behind Your Gutters

Your gutters have one job: to direct rainwater to your downspouts and into your drainage system. This prevents water from getting where it isn’t supposed to – like the foundation of your house. Unfortunately, it doesn’t always work out that way. Sometimes, water tends to drip behind the gutters, down your fascia and soffit, onto the side of your house and finally your foundation. In today’s post, the gutter cleaning experts over at Advantage Seamless explains why this happens and shares a few tips on how you can prevent it.  

Leak Behind Your Gutters

Improperly Installed Drip Edge

A drip edge is a metal flashing that is installed at the edges of your roof to help control the flow of water. When your roofing shingles don’t extend past the drip edge, water gets sucked back on the drip edge through capillary action and run down behind your gutters.

Incorrect Gutter Installation

Another reason why water might be getting behind your gutters is that the gutters themselves are poorly installed. It’s possible that your gutters aren’t securely fastened to the fascia board or that you are using the wrong size gutters. For this reason, it is very important to have your gutters installed by professional gutter contractors. Avoid doing it yourself if you can help it. 

Clogged Gutters

Sometimes the simplest explanation can be the easiest to overlook. If you haven’t cleaned your gutters in a while, now might be a good time. A major blockage in your gutters might be what’s causing water to flow behind them. As a general rule, you should clean your gutters twice a year. 

Advantage Seamless is one of the most trusted installers of seamless gutters in the Upper Midwest. For all your gutter-related needs, be sure to give us a call at 218.558.0575 or fill out our contact form to speak to one of our experts today. We serve home and business owners in Baxter, MN, as well as its nearby areas.