Can Your Gutters Handle Summer Downpours?

Heavy downpours from rain storms are commonplace in summertime. A big concern for homeowners is their rain gutters handling these frequent deluges of water. Is your home prepared for summer storms?

Can Your Gutters Handle Summer Downpours?

Troubleshooting Gutter Problems

During a rainstorm, if you see water spilling over from your gutters, rather than channeling normally, this could be an indication of one or several problems.

  • When your gutters aren’t wide enough, your gutter system can’t cope with the high  amounts of water flowing off the roof commonly seen during heavy rainstorms.
  • Winds that accompany rainstorms can easily blow debris into your gutters if you don’t have a clog-free gutter system on your home. If your gutters are clogged with twigs, leaves, and other debris, this will cause rainwater to back up into the gutters and overflow.
  • If your gutter system isn’t working properly, you are likely to see soffit and fascia rot on your home. Also, mold and mildew stains on the exterior of your house may appear where water is overflowing onto your home’s surface, rather than being siphoned away into gutters and downspouts.
  • Gutters drain water to the downspout, which channels the water down and away from your home. Your gutters need to be sloped properly to each downspout for this process to work correctly and efficiently. If not, rainwater pools up and eventually overflows with heavier rain. Pooling water is a source for mosquitoes to breed, a problem you want to avoid for health and safety reasons.

Fixing Gutter Problems

If your gutter system is older or showing signs of wear and tear, consider replacing it. A new clog-free gutter system will eliminate debris issues while directing water away from your home properly. When you make sure water is being carried away from your home efficiently, you reduce any risks for landscape erosion, as well as exterior wall and foundation damage. Pooling water is eliminated so you won’t have to worry about mosquitoes making your home a breeding ground.

When you are shopping for a gutter system, make sure it is able to handle high volumes of rain per hour. Many systems can handle higher rates not recorded by the National Weather Service, so you never have to worry about volume.

A curved and hooded design keeps out debris while efficiently siphoning water into the downspouts and away from your house. Gutters made with high quality materials and proper designs will handle high winds and the summer downpours you’ll see with severe rainstorms.