Overflowing Gutters – Causes, Treatment and Prevention Steps
Do your gutters constantly overflow? Do you feel like you have to clean your gutters every month to keep them from clogging? This is a common problem for homes with older gutters, but the good news is, you can fix it! Read on to learn the causes of overflowing gutters and how to fix/prevent them.
What Causes Gutters to Overflow?
Clogged debris is the most common reason gutters overflow. The water cannot run into the gutters, so it runs over the top instead. If you have leaves, twigs and other debris in your gutters or downspouts, remove those issues to reduce the overflow.
Gutters can also overflow because they cannot sufficiently handle the volume of water flowing through them. In this case, you may notice excess water during a heavy rainstorm. Furthermore, gutters may overflow because they are not positioned properly. Perhaps they’re hanging too low below the roofline, or they are not angled correctly. This is a sign the gutters were installed incorrectly or they have shifted with age.
Finally, older joint gutters may overflow because the joining areas are weak points. These areas may start to sag or trap debris, which impacts the way water flows through the gutters.
How to Fix Overflowing Gutters
To fix overflowing gutters, you need to identify the cause of the issue. If you have clogged gutters, get them professionally cleaned. If the gutters are sagging or falling off, get them replaced. If the gutters are too small or not placed properly to collect water, have them adjusted to suit your home’s needs. Sargent Gutters & Siding can assist with all these issues and more.
Proven Ways to Prevent Gutters from Overflowing
Prevention is the best form of treatment. Follow these proven steps to prevent overflowing gutters on your home:
- Get your gutters cleaned regularly. Most gutters need to be cleaned at least twice a year, but some require more frequent cleaning than that.
- Add gutter guards to reduce clogs. Gutter guards keep the debris out of the gutters while still letting water flow underneath. This cuts back on clogs and cleaning time.
- Upgrade to seamless gutters and downspouts. Seamless gutters and downspouts don’t have problematic joints like traditional gutters.
- Trim back overhanging tree limbs. If you have any limbs hanging over your roof, eliminating those will reduce the debris that hits your gutters.
- Replace broken or sagging gutters. You may be able to do some gutter repair if the damage isn’t too bad, but if the gutters are old, you might as well replace them.
- Consider adding more gutters to your home. If you have areas around the house that need gutters and don’t have them, get those to limit the work your current gutters do. You may also need more downspouts to handle the flow of water going into your gutters. Our gutter installers can create a custom plan for your home. `
Whether you need new gutters, gutter cleaning service, gutter guards, or other guttering solutions, our team of experienced gutter installers is here to assist you. Give us a call at (800) 465-7460 to schedule your in-person consultation.