The best time to make sure that your gutters are functioning properly is during rainy days because the rain commonly exposes any gutter problems you may be having. If you look out your window at your gutters and see any of the following things happening, this likely means your gutter system is not working properly.
- Water overflowing from your gutter system
- Water overshooting your gutter completely
- Water leaking from a section of the gutter
- Water leaking between the gutter and the fascia
- Large amount of water pooling by the foundation
There are several reasons why you may be seeing 1 or more of the 5 items listed above happening.
- Your gutters are clogged – The most common reason for gutter overflow is a clogged system or downspout. If your downspout or any part of your gutter system is clogged with debris or pests, the water cannot flow properly, leading to overflow.
- Your gutters are too small – Another reason why your gutters may be consistently overflowing during heavy rainfall is because they are too small. If this is the case, you may need to have your gutter system replaced with an oversized system.
- Crack in your gutter or a damaged piece – If you gutter is leaking from one section of the gutter in an area it shouldn’t be, this is a pretty clear indication that there is some sort of crack or damage to this section of gutter. If you still have sectional gutters and a seam is leaking, this is often an easy repair.
- Gutters not installed correctly – If water is visibly leaking between the gutter and the fascia board, this means that the gutter was not installed correctly as this should not be happening. Also, if the water is overshooting your system completely, this may be another indication that the installation was not done properly. In both cases, this can lead to water falling down your siding and straight to your foundation, which can potentially cause damages to your foundation.
- If you cannot visibly see any of the warning signs listed above happening to your gutter system during a storm, but you do see a large amount of water pooling at your foundation, this may be a sign that something isn’t right with your gutter system. Gutters that perform properly are specifically designed and installed to flow water away from your home and its foundation. Pooling around your home’s foundation will likely occur as well if your gutter system is experiencing any of the other gutter problems listed above.
PLEASE NOTE: If you have water droplets running down the front of your gutter, this is completely NORMAL and occurs because of the water’s natural tendencies to take the path of least resistance. It is not uncommon for water droplets in rain to land and/or form on the lip of your gutters which will then travel down the front of your gutter. To help you identify which you are experiencing, read our blog, “Why Do I Have Stained Gutters” where we compare these normal drips to overflowing gutters!
If you are seeing any of the warning signs identified above during heavy rainfall, your gutter system may need to be cleaned, repaired, or replaced. Contact us today for your free estimate where our Solutionist© can properly identify what problem your gutter system is experiencing, and offer the best solution to fix it! If your gutters are continually clogging you may want to consider investing in gutter guards, to eliminate both interior gutter clogs and interior gutter cleanings for good!