Your gutters are supposed to protect your property from potential water damage.
Without a good gutter system, any heavy rainfall could cause serious water damage and leaks to your roof, foundation, and exterior siding. Overflowing gutters could end up causing damage to your yard as well.
What happens if your gutters overflow?
Even if your gutters are doing a good job of collecting rainwater and dispersing it away from your home, meaning your roof, siding, and foundation are not being affected by water damage or leaks, if your gutters are damaged or not properly installed, they could be damaging your yard.
You might think that dispersing rainwater into your yard is harmless–after all, your soil needs water. However, you don’t want your ground to become too saturated with water by a downspout flowing into the wrong area. This could end up drowning your plants and possibly even wash them away.
How to prevent overflowing gutters
Some homeowners will set up boards to try and protect plants or gardens from being washed away simply because their downspouts are not positioned well. This has an easy fix. For example, flexi extensions can be added to your downspouts to extend them a few additional feet to an area which won’t be as affected.
There are other things you can do as well. For example, adding leaf protectors to your gutters can help prevent clogs, which are one of the most common reasons why gutters overflow. In some cases, your gutters may not be wide enough. If you have a metal roof, the gutters should be six inches wide. If your gutters are five inches wide they will need to be replaced.
How To Protect Your House From Overflowing Gutters
When it comes to your gutter system, the last thing you want is for them to overflow. When they overflow it can result in serious water damage to your roof, siding, windows, and even the foundation of your home. There are a number of issues that can cause your gutters to overflow, but fortunately, there are plenty of things that can be done to prevent overflowing from happening as well.
What causes your gutters to overflow? Here are a few problems to look for.
Debris clogging your gutters
Debris builds up regularly due to the fact that your gutters are exposed to the outdoors. Things like leaves, twigs, dirt, and even animal or bird nests can cause your gutters to clog up. When this happens, the water collected will have nowhere to go and will simply build up until it overflows.
Debris clogging your downspouts
A lot of the debris that slowly builds up in your gutters may simply wash down into your downspouts during rainfall. However, this means debris could collect in your downspouts, thereby clogging them. This will cause water to back up into your gutters, where they will overflow.
Not enough downspouts
If you don’t have enough downspouts, it means what you do have won’t be able to handle all the water being collected by your gutters, causing the gutters to overflow as a result.
Gutters aren’t wide enough
In some cases, the gutter system may not be wide enough to handle the type of roof you have.
How to prevent overflowing gutters
Most of the problems with overflowing are caused by clogging issues. This can be avoided simply by scheduling a professional cleaning on a regular basis. If you want to avoid having those calls we recommend installing gutter guards. They help prevent debris from collecting in your gutter systems, thereby eliminating the need to have your gutters cleaned. They may eliminate clogs altogether.
If you’re not having issues with clogs, then having a professional come inspect your gutters to determine would be a good plan. They can advise if more downspouts are needed or if the gutters themselves need to be replaced by wider versions.
If you’re having issues with overflowing gutters, make sure you contact us at Quality Gutter Systems to schedule a gutter inspection in Boerne, TX, today.