Overflowing gutters will splash water on the side of your home, creating the perfect environment for mold and mildew. If you've been having trouble with your rain gutters, continue reading to learn what our gutter contractors recommend. As soon as you notice an issue with your gutters, give us a call. The sooner you call, the sooner we can prevent water, mold, and rot damage to your home.
1.) Clean Gutters and Downspouts
When was the last time you cleaned the gutters? Ideally, you should be getting up on a ladder to clean your gutters in the spring and fall. However, if you have pine trees around your home, you'll need to clean out the gutters about four times a year. Since evergreen trees shed a lot, you will find a lot of their needles in your gutters.
If you don't clean out your gutters, the weight of pollen, twigs, pine needles, and leaves could be enough to rip gutters off the side of your house. Dead leaves, in particular, will soak up rain like a sponge and increase how much weight is pulling on your gutters. All this natural debris will also clog up your gutters so they overflow the next time it rains. The best way to prevent overflowing gutters is to clean them as needed.
When you are done cleaning the gutters, take a hose and spray water into the gutters. If you notice the water isn't draining properly through the downspouts, this could mean you have a clog. Use a high-pressure water sprayer or plumbing snake to bust up clogs.
2.) Install Leaf Guard Gutters
Tired of having leaves accumulate in your rain gutters? Ask our gutter contractors if a leaf guard is appropriate for your home. Like the name suggests, a leaf guard stops leaves and other large debris from accumulating in your gutters. However, keep in mind that your leaf guard gutters will still need to be inspected and cleaned at least twice a year.
While gutter screens filter out leaves, they still let in pollen and pine needles. Despite this, many homeowners installso they don't have as much to clean in the spring and fall. Our gutter contractors will be able to install the right size system for your roof.
3.) Inspect Gutters for Tilt and Slope
Lay a level across the mouth of the gutters to check the tilt. Gutters can overflow if they are tilting forward or backward. The slope of the guttering runs will also need to be inspected to make sure the slope is steep enough to move water toward the downspouts without splashing.
3.) Install Splash Guards
Rainwater can splash over the sides of your gutters if the roof valleys are too steep. Fortunately, our contractors are able to install splash guards before you need to repair water damage. A splash guard directs water away from your home and prevents mud stains on the walls.
4.) Choose the Right Size Gutter System
Before gutter installation, we measure the size and slope of your roof to make sure we install a system big enough to handle run off. If your gutters are overflowing despite being clean and free of clogs, the system may just be too small for the amount of water flowing off your roof. Call today to request your free quote for .
Our Grand Rapids gutter contractors work hard to earn your business by offering a range of home exterior and remodeling services. To request your quote for gutter installation or repair, call Renaissance Exteriors & Remodeling at (616) 446-1248.