Do you dread every rain shower which comes through? The water simply pours over the edge of the gutter, leaving pits in the yard and water flowing everywhere. When your gutter is overflowing, there is definitely something wrong. Let’s look at what might be causing the overflow.
The most common cause of an overflowing gutter is a clog. Something is blocking the water from flowing to the downspouts. Maybe there is something in the downspouts causing the water to back up.
Leaves and air-borne debris are common reasons for clogs. They fill up the gutters and water has nowhere to go except over the edge. Toys can be another culprit for a clog. Anything which stops the water from flowing will cause it to overflow the edge.
Cleaning the gutters out should clear the clog. We highly recommend having your gutters cleaned twice a year, once in the spring and once in the fall. This prevents clogs from occurring.
If the gutters on your home have the incorrect pitch, you may find water is overflowing everywhere but the downspout. Properly pitched gutters have a minor slope to coax the water to flow towards the downspout. Think of the slope of your shower floor. It slopes towards the drain, guiding the water flow down and away, just like a downspout.
Incorrectly pitched gutters cause water to overflow the sides instead of going to the downspout. So, what causes poorly pitched gutters? Two things: an aging gutter system or a poorly installed one.
Gutters carry a lot of water over the years. In time, gutters can start to sag or pull away from the house. This causes the pitch to change, which can lead to an overflowing gutter.
If gutters are hung too low or there isn’t a proper gap between the house and the gutter, the water misses the gutter completely instead of hitting the gutter and flowing away.
No matter the reason for overflowing gutters, it’s a problem you need to address quickly to prevent damage to the roof or house. Contact Victors Roofing in Canton, Michigan today. We are a family-owned business and have been providing professional roofing and gutter work to our neighbors for over a decade. Let us get your gutters back in working order.