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.
If you’re having problems with your gutters overflowing and it’s affecting your yard, then be sure to contact us at Quality Gutter Systems in Boerne, TX, today. We can help determine exactly what is causing your gutters to overflow and implement a solution that will fix your specific problem.