If you’ve ever looked out the window during a rain storm and seen water spilling over the edge of your gutters, you know how frustrating it can be. Not only does this cause water damage to your home, but it can also lead to dangerous issues with your foundation if it isn’t resolved. 

If you’re experiencing this problem, don’t worry – we can help! Let’s discuss 6 reasons why gutters overflow and what you can do to fix this problem.

Why Gutters Overflow

Your gutter guards are dirty

One big thing to remember about our gutter guards is the fact that they are maintenance reducers, NOT maintenance removers. That being said, they will still need to be cleaned every now and then in order to prevent leaves and other debris from clogging them up. What you need to do for maintenance depends on the style of gutter guard on your home. Refer to the manufacturer’s instructions for maintenance.

Your gutters are too small for your roof

If your gutters are too small, they won’t be able to handle the amount of water coming off your roof during a storm. This can lead to overflows and even leaks in your gutters. Another bad result that can extend from your gutters being too small can be that they pull away from your roof, which can cause more damage. If you have this problem and are looking for a solution, you can have larger gutters installed.

You have a lot of trees

Another possible reason why your gutters might be overflowing is that you have a lot of trees. If you have a lot of leaves and branches falling into your gutters, it’s going to clog them up and cause them to overflow. The best way to prevent this from happening is to trim your trees on a regular basis.

Blockage in your gutters

This is another common cause of overflowing gutters. A blockage can be caused by anything from leaves and twigs to nails and other debris. If you have a gutter guard, it’s possible that maybe your guard is the problem that’s not allowing water to flow through properly. Keep in mind that when your gutters get too old they might not be working as well as they used to or they might have shifted out of position over time. This could cause them to overflow more easily. If you think this might be the case, you should have a professional come out and take a look.

Your downspouts or underground drains are clogged

If your gutters are overflowing, it’s possible that your downspouts or underground drains are blocked or partially blocked. Blocked or clogged downspouts and drains mean that the water has nowhere to go once it hits the downspout. We often find underground drains are clogged when the gutters do not have proper covers.

Your gutters are pitched incorrectly

If your gutters aren’t pitched correctly, the water won’t be able to flow properly and this could possibly back up in your gutters. This can cause all sorts of problems including overflows, leaks, and even gutters that sag. Some preventative measures for this would be to make sure that your gutters are pitched correctly and that they’re cleaned out regularly.

Gutters overflowing can be a pain, but with a little bit of investigation, you should be able to figure out what’s causing the problem. In most cases, it’s an easy fix that you can do yourself but if you’re still having issues with gutters overflowing after you’ve tried, it may be time to call in the professionals. 

They can take a look at your system and determine if there are any other underlying issues causing the problem. 

In most cases you should be fine, but if you know you’re in an older home or that it’s been years since you really invested time in checking out your gutters, it’s not a bad idea to look into it.