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 and see any of the following happening, this likely means your gutter system is not working properly.
Gutter Problems To Look For
Overflowing water from your gutter system
Water overshooting your gutter completely
Leaking from a section of the gutter
Water leaking between the gutter and the fascia
Large amount of water pooling by the foundation
Reason Why You’re Seeing These Types of Problems
Your gutters are clogging – 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. This will lead 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.
Incorrect gutter installation – Water should not be visibly leaking between the gutter and the fascia board. Also, if the water is overshooting your system completely, this may be an indicator. In both cases, this can lead to water falling down your siding and straight to your foundation. This can potentially cause damages to your foundation.
If you see a large amount of water pooling at your foundation, this may be a sign that something is wrong with your gutter system. Gutters that perform properly flow water away from your home and its foundation. Pooling around your home’s foundation will likely occur as well.
PLEASE NOTE: If you have water droplets running down the front of your gutter, this is completely NORMAL. This occurs because of the water’s natural tendencies to take the path of least resistance. It is not uncommon for water droplets to land and/or form on the lip of your gutters. To help you identify which you are experiencing, read our blog, “Why Do I Have Stained Gutters”. Here we compare these normal drips to overflowing gutters!