Are your gutters leaking, dripping or aren’t draining properly? Do you know what to look for to spot these future issues? There are several problems that affect the way your gutter system works. Each problem is relatively easy to fix and we’ll teach you the signs that show a problem gutter system and a few ways to fix the problem once you’ve spotted the issue.
Slow Draining or Overflowing Gutters
When gutters are draining slowly or overflowing, the problem is usually a clog caused by some sort of debris. However, the clog itself might not be so obvious. If you’ve cleaned debris out of the gutters, but the problem persists, the next place to look is your downspouts or possibly the underground drain pipes – especially around tees and elbows. Fix clogged down spouting by taking apart the clogged section and flushing away the debris. For buried piping, use a drain snake to break up the clog.
Sometimes it’s not a clog that is causing your drainage problem, but the gutter system itself. If the gutters, downspouts and drains are undersized compared to the possibly overwhelming demands placed on them, you’ll need to upgrade your gutter system to have them free flowing again.
Standing and Pooling Water
Pooling water leads to several major problems...
Pooling water is a sure sign that the gutters aren’t sloped in the right direction – gutters with the correct pitch should never hold standing water and should slope toward the down spouting by at least a quarter inch per 10 feet.
Leaking Commercial and Residential Gutters
Any number of things can make a gutter system leak – storm damage, rust, loose gutter seams, etc. Leaks are tricky to spot sometimes if you don't know what you're looking for. Water can flow for quite some distance along the bottom of the gutter before falling to the ground. Start where the water is dripping, and work your way to the higher end of the gutter, repairing and replacing sections as necessary.
Water Overshoots the Gutters
On any steeply sloped roof or lesser sloped roof with clogged gutters, there is a chance that rainwater will overshoot the gutters and fall down to your foundation, driveway, or patio. Three problems will cause this to happen:
The Problem: The front edge of the gutter isn’t properly aligned with the pitch of the roof.
The Solution: If the gutters don’t meet the straight edge, you’ll need to correct either the roof overhang or install larger gutters.
The Problem: Roof overhang is longer than it should be.
The Solution: If the roofing material extends more than half an inch past the drip edge, trim the overhang back to expose more of the gutter.
The Problem: Roof valleys channel a large volume of water, which means that overshoots are common below valleys.
The Solution: Install deflectors to slow and redirect the water.
When gutters leak, hold water or overflow, it’s not merely an inconvenience, but a threat to both the gutter system and the structure and foundation of your home, driveway, walkway, or patio. Correct problems quickly and you’ll extend the life of the gutter system while preventing water damage to the building.
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