The Problem with Overflowing Gutters

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Rain gutters are installed to protect your home from the disastrous consequences of excess moisture; however, some homeowners complain about water overflowing from their gutters during storms. This brings about the question of whether the problem is with the amount of rain or with the gutters themselves. Gutters are designed to channel runoff water through what is called the downspout. If the water is unable to flow, it may overflow, causing flooding, deterioration, and discoloration to your home. So, what are the possible causes of overflowing gutters?

Your Gutters are Clogged

Gutters and downspouts can become clogged with debris, like leaves, moss, dirt, or even pests. Gutters should be cleaned at least twice a year, or every few months if you live in an area with an abundance of foliage. However, if you notice that your gutters are overflowing, then it would be in your best interest to clean them as soon as possible. To do this, you can hose off your gutters until you notice water emerging from the downspout. For more cumbersome clogs, you may need to use a pressure washer, but sometimes drain snakes will work if the clog is just in the downspout itself. You can also clean out your gutters by hand with proper gloves and a bucket. Once you’ve cleaned out your gutters, you should hose them down to remove leftover dirt and debris.

Preventing Clogged Gutters

The easiest way to prevent clogged gutters is by installing gutter guards. Gutter guards come in a variety of styles, like mesh or screen guards, to best protect your gutter system. Leafproof is one of the most popular brands when it comes to gutter protection. They state that their systems are installed more by contractors than any other premium gutter protection products.

Your Gutters are Too Small

Sometimes homes with steep roofs have gutters that can’t handle the speed at which water slides downwards. Due to this, the water will overflow. This can occur over the entire roof, especially if it’s steep, or just at the valleys. A roof valley is where two slopes of a roof meet causing water to accumulate. If a home’s roof is too steep, then installing a larger gutter system may be necessary. If water is only overflowing at the roof’s valleys, then splash guards may be needed.

Your Gutters are Positioned Improperly

Gutters are installed with pitch and tilt in mind. If gutters are not positioned properly, water may splash over the sides and onto your home’s surface. Downspouts can also be misaligned, which has the potential to damage siding, foundation, and the gutter system itself. Both gutters and downspouts can be realigned, but this requires proper measurements, some parts replacement, like pegs, and the sealing of gaps.

Overflowing gutters can be damaging, but realizing the problem is the first step to remedying the situation. Not all homes are designed equally and weather is not always predictable, but through the assistance of gutter guards, large gutters, splash guards, or proper positioning, your gutter woes may lead to brighter days.