When it is raining or snowing, the water has to flow right inside the gutter, through to the downspout, and finally to the municipal drainage system. However, things may not always be that way. It is not uncommon in fact to experience water leaking between gutter and fascia.
This should never be the case at all. It potentially brings out untold sufferings and potential damages to the entire building structure. We want to help you to remedy this. That is why we have prepped an entire discussion to that effect. Our discussions here below endeavor to shed more light on these.
WHY IS WATER DRIPPING BETWEEN THE GUTTER AND FASCIA?
Water may drip in between the gutter and the fascia for the following two main reasons:
Lack of flashing at the back of the gutter
In case your gutter was not accompanied by flashing, this may ripen the conditions for the subsequent dripping of water. You are required hence to place it there and to keep off the possibilities of this issue stemming. Needless to say, the flashing has to be comfortable and tight-fitting to achieve this end.
Absence of the Gutter Apron
The same issue arises if the gutter lacks an apron. Remember, it is the apron that prevents the water from sipping out along the edges. As a way forward, consider placing the apron around in ways that are tight-fitting and properly secure.
HOW ARE WATER LEAKS DETECTED?
You may detect the leaks in so many ways:
Video Camera Pipe Inspection
This entails the use of video cameras to check out for any water leaks in the pipes. In many cases, this is used when the visibility is poor and there is also the need for more accurate viewing outcomes. The video captures the deteriorations, breaks, and obstructions that may exist there.
Electronic Listening Devices
In the event that the visibility is too poor or the area is too dark, the electronic listening devices come in. They do not rely on light may hence be used in areas and at times when the illumination is extremely low. You nonetheless have to be extra careful as you use them for the avoidance of doubt.
Static Leak Isolation
Static leak isolation merges the pipe inspections with the hydrostatic pressure testing to generate the necessary ends. It is hence more comprehensive in nature and scope. This is mainly proper and recommended for those pipes that are too narrow for your normal approaches.
HOW TO FIX WATER DRIPPING BETWEEN THE GUTTER AND THE FASCIA
To fix the problem of the water dripping between the gutter and the fascia, you need to follow the procedures outlined below:
You will first and foremost require these tools and materials:
- Measuring tape
Now follow the procedures below to actualize this undertaking:
Step I: Identify the source of the leak
Start out by finding the source of the leak. That will demand that you skim the area in between the gutter and the fascia keenly. In case the visibility is poor, you might need a flashlight to illuminate the area. If you intend to bring in a third party expert, you will have to capture shots and videos of the place.
Step II: Find out its root cause
Now move ahead to find the root cause of the water leak. There are two main reasons why this issue potentially arises. The lack of the drip edge or an apron on the gutter is these. You will need to know the exact root-cause to determine the kind of approach that may be relevant for you.
Step III: Formulate a forward strategy
Having known the root cause, you now have to formulate the strategy to use to remedy the issue. If the issue is brought about by the lack of an apron, fix it in place. In case it is all about the drip edge is missing or faulty, fix or replace it, and so on. This stage may demand the intervention of an expert.
Step IV: Lay the final touches
You are almost good to go now. Before you go, you have to lay the final touches. This entails trying and testing the system to find out whether it now has the support and the structures necessary to prevent the leaks from arising in the future again. You may have to redo a couple of the steps above to have it right.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQs)
Let’s take a look now at some of the frequently asked questions with regards to this particular topic:
Q1. What Is Drip Edge on a Roof?
A. Also called the edge flashing, this is a sheet of metal that assumes the shape of the letter ‘L’ or ‘D.’ It is tucked along the edge of the roofing. Its purpose is to stop the water from getting to the area underneath the shingles and the associated damages that generally come along.
Q2. How can you tell if there is a water leak under concrete?
A. Below are some of the top signs that may signal the existence of a water leak under the concrete:
- Cracks on the ceiling and walls
- Peeling off of the paints and other adornments
- The weakening of the foundation and the floor as a whole
- An unexplained upsurge in the cost of water bills
- A floor that is too slippery than what would normally be expected
Q3. What to do if there is a water leak in your home?
A. Follow the steps below to react to a water leak in your house:
Step I: Turn off the main water supply
Your first and foremost reaction should be to turn off the main water supply. This of course is to prevent further leakage and the damages that potentially come along. You should already know where exactly the main tap is located to allow for this to happen.
Step II: Locate the source of the leak
Next, move to locate the source of the leak. That requires a more thorough search of the entire building. Chances are also that the leak emanates from multiple sources within the same building complex. You should hence be even more vigilant as you attempt to narrow to the specific sources.
Step III: Call for necessary help
Lastly, call for the necessary help. This help of course should be of the trained and professional plumber. Let the person come over to inspect the building in its entirety. Then, craft in place a master plan that seeks to remedy the leak and restore your building to the proper state it was before.
Q4. Where do you start with a roof water leak fix?
A. To fix your leaks, follow the procedures delineated and explained hereunder:
- Close the main supply of the water to the building
- Use a flashlight to search for and narrow to the specific source of the leak
- Place a small bucket underneath the leak to catch the drips of water as they fall off
- Track down and repair the affected portion of the plumbing mechanism
- Dry the area affected and then repair any other broken parts
Q5. Is Drip Edge Necessary?
A. YES, it is! A drip edge works to prevent the water from overflowing the gutters to impact the walls and other areas of your typical building. In that way, it keeps your building safer and better protected from the damages that may usually persist due to the infiltration of and by the water.
Q6. When you need a gutter apron
A. A gutter apron is useful in the following circumstances:
Spare the shingles from damages
It spares the shingles from the damages that come along with use. That is especially the case if the shingles themselves are located not far from the edge of the gutter.
Facilitate the flow of the rainwater
The apron facilitates the flow of the rainwater. This is more so when the roofing shingles do not stretch out too far to channel out the rainwater into the gutters properly. In this sense, they mainly serve as a bridge to the flow of water.
Minimizes the Damages to the Walls
When all is said and done, they also minimize the damages that the water may potentially inflict on the walls. It is something they achieve mainly by reducing the splashes that in turn peel off the paints and inflict other possible water damages.
Having exhausted the reasons behind water leaking between gutter and fascia and the potential remedies, we are now truly confident that you have what it takes to implement the provisions and secure your building. All you have to do now is read and adhere keenly to the instructions above.
We caution that this is a potentially dangerous undertaking especially for someone who lacks the necessary technical expertise. Thus, you should only proceed with it if you have the experience and the expertise for the job. Otherwise, delegate the task to someone who already has the experience necessary. Best of luck in your subsequent installation endeavors!