Your gutter system provides a clean-looking edge to your roofline, but its purpose is much more than just decorative. If gutters are functioning properly, their importance is easy to overlook, but if a gutter is blocked or leaking, you will quickly notice their significance in keeping your home free of water damage.
Our team at The Rhino Gutter Company outlines five simple ways that you can tell that your gutters aren’t functioning properly.
What Do Gutters Do?
Gutters might seem simple, but they are actually a very critical component of your home.
Believe it or not, it is estimated that a 1,000-square-foot roof sees over 620 gallons of runoff during a storm that drops just one inch of rain. Gutters guide this deluge of rain away from your home, preventing all kinds of problems, like foundation leaks, landscape damage, and structural problems.
Signs That Your Gutters Aren’t Working Properly
Here are a few signs that your gutters aren’t working properly, and a few tips on how to fix each problem.
#1. Clogged Gutters
The most common problem that our team sees with gutters is clogging. When gutters become clogged, they won’t be able to drain properly and will begin to overflow during rainstorms. Further, when water can’t pass through the gutters properly, it can start to cause problems with your foundation.
To keep them free of debris, we recommend installing our patented Rhino Gutter Guards, to keep debris like leaves, pine needles, and dirt from entering your gutter system. These gutter guards also help mitigate the need for seasonal maintenance, so no need to climb up on the ladder in the spring and fall.
#2. Sagging Gutters
If you let your gutters get clogged up with debris like standing water, twigs, and leaves, overflowing water isn’t the only problem you’ll face.
The weight from the debris can cause your gutters to sag. This may be caused by a loose hanger, which will pull out when it can’t hold the extra weight. This can often be fixed by tightening the screws again. But it also could be that the hangers are spaced too far apart. In this case, you will need to install new ones, ensuring that they are close enough together to not cause problems.
If you notice water pouring from the middle of your gutters, you likely have a leak. Leaks and holes happen pretty easily and are pretty simple to fix.
You can use gutter sealant to caulk the seams to repair leaky seams, while larger holes will need to be patched. Be aware, if the hole is too big, you may have to get new gutters installed.
#4. Water Not Flowing Properly
For water to flow properly, gutters need to be pitched correctly. The slope should sit at the correct angle, which is about a quarter inch for every 10 feet of gutter.
If you aren’t sure if your gutters are pitched properly, it is easy to tell. Get up on a ladder after a rainstorm, and if you see standing water, you likely need to adjust the pitch.
Sometimes this is as easy as bending it into place, but you might need to have the hangers installed entirely, which is a bigger job, and better left to the professionals.
#5. Downspouts Not Draining Properly
Not only do your gutters need to have the perfect slope, but downspouts need to be installed in a specific direction as well. If they drain too close to the home, this can result in water pooling around the foundation of your home.
Downspouts should extend several feet from your home. If they aren’t, you should include downspout extensions to ensure that water is diverted to where it needs to go.
Avoid Gutter Problems for Good
The best way to protect your home from the problems associated with ill-functioning gutters is to ensure that they are well-maintained! From a seamless gutter system with proper downspouts to our patented Gutter Guards, our team at The Rhino Gutter Company will help you keep your home protected.
Ready to get started? Call us for a quote today at (813) 609-5015!