Why Are My Gutters Full of Water?

March 11, 2022

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Rain Gutters Full of Water
Rain gutters keep rainwater away from your home, so obviously, we don't expect them to just hold all the water inside. They are supposed to carry all the rainwater toward the drainage area. You may have encountered situations where gutters start accumulating water instead of leading it to the downspouts. In more than half the cases, the reason for this has to do with Gutter Cleaning. There are, however, instances where the problem might signal something else, like an error during installation or damage in a part of the gutter.

Are Your Gutters Full of Water?

If you've never owned a rain gutter before, you may not think much about having water just standing inside your gutter after a heavy storm, but this is not how rain gutters are supposed to work. The gutters should redirect all the rainwater landing on them to the downspouts, so there should be no water left in them after a storm passes.

If the water gathers around one particular part of your gutters and there's nothing blocking its way, it may have something to do with the angle at which the gutter's positioned below your roof. You need to pay attention to the pitch and tilt of your gutter as they are both key elements to make it work properly.

Clogged Rain Gutters with Leaves It could also be something as simple as too much rain. Sometimes, our plans simply don't compare to reality when we measure the amount of rain a gutter will be expected to deal with. As a result, the gutters may be too small to handle the water flow. Intense rainstorms may result in too much water falling too quickly, which could be worse in houses where the roof slope is too steep. Another detail comes with how long a storm lasts, if you have rainwater falling on your roof at a high speed for hours on end, it's more likely for the gutter to overflow.

Of course, these are all factors that should be discussed while defining the best size and width for your gutters, but it's still possible to make a miscalculation if rain is not a regular occurrence in your area and storms are sporadic for most of the year.

More often than not, when a gutter is full of water, it's because of clogs. Clogged gutters will obstruct the passage of water until it overflows. It doesn't even have to be a full clog, and these are fairly rare. As long as there's enough debris to slow down the water flow, the whole gutter will suffer, with leaks and spills being one of the most immediate consequences.

What To Do if Your Gutters Are Full of Water

Depending on the nature of the problem, you could:
  • Use a leaf blower or a power hose to drive out the debris. You'd also need to collect whatever falls around your house.

  • Have leaf guards installed around portions of your gutters. This would reduce the amount of dirt that slips into the gutter and simplify your cleaning schedule.

  • Have your gutters professionally cleaned every year. Rain gutters should go through deep cleaning sessions at least once a year, but if you get a steady rainy/snow season, twice a year is the best choice.
Gutter maintenance is the most important step to get started. There's a lot that could happen in the months between professional cleaning appointments, so you should inspect the gutters on a regular basis and flush out what you can.

Water and Mold inside of a GutterIf your gutters are full of water, the first thing to do is check for clogs, and clean the inside of the gutter thoroughly if you find debris stuck within. Even if you've been diligently following your cleaning routine, don't forego this step since many outside factors may still cause an obstruction on the gutter. They wind could bring branches and leaves toward your roof, of the roof itself may be coming apart at the shingles, with the granules falling straight into your guttering system.

If your gutter still collects water after having it cleaned, you need to think about potential repairs.
In most cases, the right angle for rain gutters is one-quarter inch of slope per 10 feet, and sometimes, bending the hanger slightly is enough to correct a slope miscalculation. It would all depend on the type of gutter you have and whether this alignment issue extends to the whole guttering system.

When the problem relates to alignment and you have a seamless gutter, you can hire a contractor check it out. Then, you'll have an informed opinion to help you figure out whether the gutter can be adjusted or if it's best to replace it for a gutter profile that's more fitting.

In any case, if you require help with maintenance or if you need to perform proper repairs on your gutters, Rain Gutters Solution is here to make things easy for you. We are a licensed gutter company operating all over South Florida and surrounding areas, and our professional team can deal with any problem causing pools of water inside your gutter.

So, do you want the best service by the hand of the most skilled gutter professionals? Rain Gutters Solution will respond to all your requests to ensure your gutters always work according to your expectations. If you're interested in any of our services, you can call (305) 270-7779 or fill out the contact form on this website to schedule an appointment with our specialists. Protect your home and the people in it during the rainy season with the most functional guttering system.

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