It doesn’t take an expert to know that overflowing rain gutters spell trouble. However, there are numerous ways that gutters can become clogged and identifying these reasons can allow you to prevent this occurrence in the future, as clogged gutters can damage both the interior and exterior of your home, costing you thousands of dollars.
Culprit: An overabundance of rain
Remedy: While you can’t control the amount of rain you receive, you can prepare yourself for the next time this happens by investing in rain gutters that are built to handle substantial rainfall. (Shameless plug: The LeafGuard Gutter System has been independently tested to withstand 33 inches of rainfall in an hour, something that hasn’t been seen since Noah built the ark!)
Culprit: Too few of gutters and/or downspouts on your home
Remedy: In some cases, not having gutters on all sides of your home, can overwork the existing portions of your gutters, making the water overflow because it has nowhere else to go. Adding additional gutters when your current ones cannot handle the rain they receive or adding gutters able to handle a higher capacity of rainfall can help resolve the situation. The same goes for downspouts, having too few of downspouts for the amount of gutter you have can cause gutters to overflow.
Culprit: Clogged downspouts
Remedy: Just like clogged gutters, clogged downspouts are a hazard to the exterior of your home. Water needs to go somewhere and if downspouts are clogged, water can back up in your gutters and eventually cause your gutters to overflow. To keep downspouts clog-free, you can opt for oversized downspouts which allow water to filter away from your home at a faster pace, protecting your foundation.
Culprit: Clogged gutters
Remedy: When your gutters clog from leaves and other organic debris and it rains, the water needs to go somewhere but instead of flowing through the gutters and out the downspouts, the water overflows. This can compromise your home’s foundation, fascia and siding. In some cases, mold can begin to grow which is a serious health hazard. To ensure that your gutters do not clog, you have two choices. Either invest in clog-free gutters or be sure to clean your gutters several times a year.
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