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3 Common Reasons Behind Gutter Overflow

Every gutter and roofing company knows that gutters perform an important task. They collect water and channel it away from the home, preventing water damage and flooding, as well as damage to flower beds. Without gutters, it would be easy for rot, rust, stains, and other moisture-related issues to develop, and such problems can run up the cost of your home maintenance.

Even with gutters present, however, you can still have problems, particularly with overflowing. But why are your gutters overflowing? There are three major reasons.

Your Gutters Are Clogged

Gutters collect rain runoff and melted snow at the edge of your roof. They lead the water to the downspouts, which in turn lead it to the drainage or an area where it will not affect your home. If your gutter system starts to overflow, chances are a clog has formed in it. Leaves, branches, granules from the shingles, bird droppings and nests, small animal carcasses, and the occasional plastic bag can all start a clog in your gutters and downspouts. Fortunately, this problem is easy to solve; you just have to clear the block. 

However, don’t try to do this in the middle of pouring rain or during a storm. Wait for the weather to clear, at least. You should also call a gutter cleaner if you’re uncomfortable doing this yourself. Working at heights isn’t for everyone.

Your Gutters Are Not Positioned Right

Old gutters may tilt away from the roof, making it easy for water to overflow. They may also pull away if the fasteners are broken. In some cases, the pitch of a gutter isn’t right, so instead of water flowing in the direction of a downspout, it gets stuck, causing it to overflow. It’s best to call a professional offering gutter and roofing services instead of trying to fix this on your own.

Your Gutters Are Too Small

Some areas receive more rainfall than others. Some storms simply deliver too much rain. If your gutters and downspouts aren’t blocked and the gutters are pitched right without any tilting, the problem may be their size. Gutters that are too small cannot handle heavy rains. 

Talk to your contractor about installing bigger gutters. It’s also right to remember this in case you’re about to get a roof replacement, so your contractor can also change your gutters.

A Cut Above Exteriors can help you. Call us today at (503) 334-0733. We can work with you in Portland, OR, and in Vancouver, WA.

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