Common Causes of Gutter Leaks and How to Avoid Them

Request Quote Now Your local franchisee will contact you!

Top Franchise 2017

Common Causes of Gutter Leaks and How to Avoid Them

A leaky gutter poses a big problem – it can do damage to your roof, fascia, siding, and can even cause serious damage to your foundation. It can also cause garden erosion, flooding, and wood rot.

Major repairs caused by a dripping gutter can result in costly repairs and stress. Your best weapon? Prevention. Save a ton of money by knowing the common causes of gutter leaks and how to avoid them.

Cause # 1: Unsecured Gutters

When there is a leak in your gutter, one potential cause is loose or unsecured hangers. Gutter hangers are internal or external accessories or joints. These hangers make sure your gutters are securely attached to your roof’s fascia board.

Sometimes the weight of rainwater, or wet stuff stuck along the rain gutter, causes the hangers to sag. As a result, when it rains, the water will seep through the loose joints— and you guessed it right, your entire gutter system will leak.

How To Avoid This Problem: 

Your gutter should be free of debris at all times. You can hire a cleaning service to clean the wet rubbish like leaves along your gutter and maintain its cleanliness. Additionally, secure the hangers tightly to the fascia board.

Cause #2: Harsh Weather Conditions

Most of the time, your enemy is harsh weather conditions, especially when the weather changes are severe. This natural occurrence can prove worse to galvanized steel gutters. When your gutters are exposed to bad changes in weather, they tend to crack at the seams. Your gutter nails and braces can also break and crack. 

How To Avoid This Problem

The only solution is to repaint your gutters. Why? You are countering the accumulation of rust under the paint coat. It is advisable to repaint your gutters properly so they can hold up for many years. If not, you will find yourself repainting several times a year.

Cause #3: Clogs

Clogs or congested gutters are common causes of leaks. When your gutters are packed with debris, like leaf litter, water will not go out through the downspout. Instead, with all the rubbish, the water will spill out over the edges of the gutter, and over the sides. Sometimes it’s the downspout that is clogged.

How To Avoid This Problem

Regularly check your gutters for debris and simply remove them by hand. If your home is particularly situated near trees and foliage, you may want to check your gutters every two to three months. If your home is nowhere near trees, best to check annually.

Cause #4: Improper Slope

It’s all about the angle. Your rain gutters should be slightly sloped downwards. Why? So that rainwater will slide to the downspout, all the way out to the ground. If installed incorrectly, and your gutters are improperly sloped, water gets stuck along the gutters. Heavy pools of water will cause your gutters to sag— and, yes, leak.

How To Avoid This Problem

To prevent this, observe your newly installed gutters when it rains. Or hire a rain gutter technician to inspect the downward slope, and if needed, to adjust it accordingly. 

Cause #5: Cracks, Holes, and Gaps

Holes, gaps and cracks are caused by rust. How does rust develop? When rain gutters— particularly metal ones— are not maintained properly. When neglected, rainwater or debris will pool in specific areas along the gutter, which builds rust. When rust-induced holes appear,  it will certainly cause major dampness to your home. 

How To Avoid This Problem

When you spot holes, gaps, and cracks, immediately work on covering them with a silicone waterproof sealant. Or you can remove the old sealant and replace it with a new one. 

Why Choose Gutter-Vac Upper North Shore & Northern Beaches

Your gutters may be out of sight but it’s still important to look after them because when it rains, the rainwater needs to go somewhere. If your gutters and downpipes are blocked, the water will go into your roof – causing all sorts of problems.

That’s why we believe cleaning your gutters regularly is an investment in maintaining the value of your property. But why choose us?

5 Excellent reasons to choose Gutter-Vac Upper North Shore & Northern Beaches

  1. We’re transparent

Our before and after photos will show you what we’ve done and the difference we’ve made. You’ll be amazed at how thoroughly we’ll clean your gutters, downpipes, roof and roof valleys, if you have them. (Roof valleys are “V-shaped” sections used when the angle of your roof changes. In older homes, roof valleys are usually made from galvanised steel which will rust if leaves and debris are allowed to collect on them.) 

  • Our special gutter cleaners

Gutter-Vac uses powerful gutter vacuum cleaners with custom-built attachments to suck up all the dirt, sludge, leaves, twigs and other debris that accumulates in your gutters and downpipes. We also dispose of it for you so you don’t need to do a thing.

  • We never use leaf blowers

Some gutter cleaners use leaf blowers to clean gutters. We never will. Leaf blowers can push the leaves and twigs into your roof cavity – causing a potential fire hazard and creating an inviting nesting area for vermin.

  • We’ll report any roof issues

While we’re on your roof, we inspect it for cracked or dislodged tiles. Anything we find is included in our Roof and Gutter Inspection Report so you can arrange any suggested repairs.

  • We offer a Preventative Maintenance Program

Our set and forget Preventative Maintenance Program is carefully tailored to the needs of your property. When developing your regular gutter cleaning and maintenance program, we consider your surroundings. For example, the proximity and number of flowering or deciduous trees, traffic conditions (which can cause greater dust and sludge accumulation) and if you have a water tank to harvest rainwater from your roof.

Cleaning Gutters – Frenchs Forest, Belrose, Davidson, Forestville & Killarney Heights by Gutter-Vac Upper North Shore & Northern Beaches

In life, preventing problems is often the best approach and it’s the same with your gutters. That’s why Gutter-Vac Upper North Shore & Northern Beaches provides a Preventative Maintenance Program.

Some of our clients on the Preventative Maintenance Program are located at Frenchs Forest, Belrose, Davidson, Forestville & Killarney Heights.  While we were in the area last week, we called in to check on one of our residential clients to provide them with a free gutter inspection for their property.

That’s one of the great reasons to join our Preventative Maintenance Program. It means you’ll receive free gutter inspections to work out the best gutter cleaning schedule for your property.

With our experience, we understand every property is different, and therefore has different needs. For example, some of our clients live on the border of national parks and bushland. They receive a lot of dust and dirt build-up over 12 months. Other clients have properties with a number of deciduous pine trees dropping pine needles which quickly clog gutters. Another client lives on a busy road. As a result, their gutters collect a lot of dirt and grime that’s produced by traffic and heavy vehicles. This client also utilises tank water so servicing and maintaining their gutters is particularly important.

We develop individual Preventative Maintenance Programs with our clients’ needs in mind. That includes quarterly, half yearly or yearly cleans on your gutters. We’ll even provide you with a free gutter and roof report while we’re there!

It’s easy to forget to maintain your gutters but with a Preventative Maintenance Program from Gutter-Vac Upper North Shore & Northern Beaches, you can be confident we never will.

Have you had your gutters cleaned lately?

If not, give Gutter-Vac Upper North Shore & Northern Beaches a call today on 1300 654 253 and ask us how you can join our Preventative Maintenance Program.


When was the last time you looked at your roof?

For many of us, out of sight means out of mind. But when it comes to your roof, that can be a problem. There could be broken or slipped tiles, lifting ridge capping or, if you have a metal roof, sheeting that’s come loose due to rusting roof screws.

But the most common roof problem we see is rusted gutters because they haven’t received the regular care and maintenance they need.

Damaged gutters or a roof in disrepair will leak when it rains – causing damage to your home. That’s why Gutter Vac Upper North Shore and Northern Beaches, provide a FREE Roof and Gutter Inspection report with photos so you can see what’s happening up there.

Best of all, we have all the safety equipment and thorough training which means you don’t have to put yourself in danger by climbing the ladder or getting onto your roof. We’re also fully insured.

Our gutter cleaning service is super-efficient because we have a unique gutter vacuuming system that sucks out all the sludge, mud, dirt, leaves and other debris from your gutters.

If you want a roof that will keep your home dry, call the professional roof and gutter specialists at Gutter Vac Upper North Shore and Northern Beaches on 1300 654 253.

We take care of the Northern Beaches including Manly, Dee Why, Narrabeen, Mona Vale, Newport and Avalon.

Regular Gutter Cleaning Required With Trees Near Your Property.

Do you have silver birch trees, oak trees, pines or gum trees near you?

You will need to clean your gutter regularly.

The leaf matter is blown into the gutters. Then add water and sun and it is a recipe for the best mulch.

The birds and wind drop grass seeds into the gutter and voilà, we have grass in the gutter. If left to grow, the clumps of grass can cause blockages or water ingress to the roof cavity. This sludge that is created also becomes corrosive and over time will see the joins and gutters start to rust.

The seeds and pods along with the leaf fill the gutters and again make a beautiful environment for grass and plants to grow. When vacuum cleaning this matter, we get blockages in our hose due to the size of pods and the depth of debris. Image how hard it would be for water to run through this. The gutter is just not doing its job and then overflows occur or worse still, you end up with blockages in the down pipes.

Blockages in down pipes can be an expensive exercise to clear, especially if left and become blocked under ground.

Gutter-Vac Tasmania can add you to the program and remind you when it is time to clean your gutters. You have complete control and there is no obligation. We email or phone you when your gutter clean is due and you can either say “Yes” or “No, call back another time”. We recommend a time frame for your gutter clean but it is up to you, as the customer, to tell us what period you require.

So if you have the trees near your property, why not get Gutter-Vac Tasmania to regularly maintain your gutters and let the gutters do the job they were intended for….allowing water to run freely from you roof. You will also be prolonging the life of your gutter by removing the corrosive sludge that deteriorates the gutter over time.

Cleaning gutters regularly helps prevent gutter rust.

Cleaning your gutters regularly can help prevent gutter rust. Without proper cleaning, debris left in gutters breaks down and forms a destructive sludge. Over time, this sludge causes the formation of rust, degrading gutters and causing the need for expensive gutter replacement.

Many people believe that we are cleaning gutters to remove the leafy debris within a gutter, but just as importantly, if not more so, we are cleaning gutters to remove this destructive sludge that forms in your gutters.

Not only will this sludge rust your gutters to a point where you will eventually need to replace them, it also is the perfect food source for the vermin around your property.

When was the last time you had your gutters cleaned?

Give us a call on 1300 654 253.