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What Causes Water to Overflow Your Rain Gutters?

by Vanessa Lord

Gutters that overflow can lead to basement water leaks, rot, mold, and foundation problems. One of the most common problems that homeowners face is overflowing gutters. Fixing overflowing gutters can help protect your home from water damage. This FAQ will explore the reasons why gutters begin to overflow and what you can do about the problem.

What causes water to overflow your rain gutters?

There are actually many things that can cause your rain gutters to overflow. Some of the most common reasons that rain gutters overflow include

  • Clogged gutters or downspouts. Rain gutters can fill with debris like leaves, sticks, petals, and seeds over the course of several months. When this happens, the water in the gutters will have nowhere to go but up over the edge of the gutters.
  • Bent or warped gutters. If your gutters are bent outward, this can cause rain to run out of the gutters and into the yard beneath the gutters.
  • Deteriorating caulk in the gutter seams. Gutters are made up of many pieces that need to be fitted together. Water can leak from the seams between the pieces of gutters if the seams aren't protected with proper caulking. Over time, this caulk can begin to deteriorate. If it's not replaced periodically, the gutters may leak water, giving the appearance that the gutters are overflowing.

What can you do to fix overflowing rain gutters?

You can start by cleaning out your gutters. Stand on a ladder looking into your gutters, and use a small shovel to scoop the debris from the gutters into a bucket. Wear garden gloves as you do this. Once the debris has been completely removed from the gutters, spray a strong jet of water from a hose into the gutters and flush any remaining debris down the downspout. If the downspout is clogged, the water will begin to back up. If this is the case, use a plumber's auger to clear the downspout.

Once the gutters have been cleaned, there may not be a problem anymore. Fill the gutters with water and watch to see if they overflow. If they overflow again, this is a sign that either the caulk is deteriorated or the gutters are sagging. Either way, your gutters will need to be repaired. Contact a professional gutter service for help. A reputable professional gutter service can help fix your gutters if they're sagging or replace the caulk if it's deteriorated.


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