Clogged gutters and downspouts
As leaves, twigs, seeds, and other debris accumulate in a gutter, the water flow becomes disrupted resulting in the accumulation of water in the gutter. If not allowed to properly drain, the water will overflow the gutter. As water spills over the rear lip of the gutter, the water can find its way into the soffits where it will rot the soffit material or backflow into the home. Proper maintenance and cleaning can solve this issue as well as installing a gutter guards system. In our experience, the most common cause of downspout blockage is the occurrence of sporting balls such as tennis balls, lacrosse balls, etc. being thrown on the roof where they are captured by the gutter and flow to the downspout connection. Simply removing this obstruction will solve many gutter issues.
Ice dams are a complex issue that have many variables. Design of the home and its roof system, improper ventilation, and lack of sun exposure to certain areas are common causes of ice dams. Unfortunately, ice dams are sometimes unavoidable as no roof systems are waterproof, only water-resistant. Ice dams can sometimes be corrected by installing a custom fabricated metal pan under the affected area or correcting attic insulation and ventilation issues. These repairs are cumbersome and time-consuming and are therefore usually an expensive repair.