3 Step Guide To Find The Cause Of Your Overflowing Rain Gutters

Posted on: 13 June 2017

If your home's gutters are gushing water every time it rains, you may wonder if they are damaged or just clogged up. If so, use the following three-step guide to find the cause of your overflowing rain gutters.

Step 1:  Clean Out the Gutters

The first thing you need to do when checking out your gutters is clean them. Not only will this allow you to visually inspect their condition, but  also may remove the cause of the overflowing water. When dirt, leaves, and even tree saplings clog up the channels, the water has no other place to go, making it spill over the edge.

When cleaning out the gutters, use your gloved hands as much as possible to manually remove any debris. Using tools may make the job easier, but you run the risk of poking a hole in the sides of your gutters.

If you must use a tool for stuck-on dirt or pine needles, use a one-to two-inch-wide putty knife. Hold the knife at a sharp angle with the gutters' surface, and gently scrape away the dirt a little bit at a time. Once you have cleared everything out, go on to step two.

Step 2:  Check the Caulked Joints for Signs of Cracking

After cleaning out the gutters, check for signs of cracking in the caulk at the joints. If the caulk has started to deteriorate, this can create leaks in the gutters.

If you see any cracks or cracks in the caulk, remove any loose pieces. Then, use a caulking gun to fill any areas that appear as though they may allow water to leak through. Let the caulk dry according to the package instructions, then go on to the next step.

Step 3:  Run Water through the Gutters

Once the caulk has dried, use your garden hose to run water through the gutters. Start at the highest pitch, and let the water flow freely. Watching for leaks after the gutters have been cleaned and caulked can show you where there could be hidden cracks or holes.

If you see any leaks in the gutters, make note of where they are located. Then, visually inspect the areas.

If there are only a few holes and cracks, try filling them with caulk. However, if you find multiple holes, your gutters may need replacing. If your gutters are damaged and show signs of age, you may want to contact a contractor that specializes in installing rain gutters to have them inspect your current gutters and recommend options for replacing them. 

For more information, talk to companies like Rocky Mountain Roofers & Gutters.