Overflowing Gutters: Causes and How to Fix Them

Have you ever thought about what would happen if you neglected your gutters and they started overflowing? While overflowing gutters may not seem like a major cause for alarm, this type of system failure can  actually lead to serious risks. Fortunately, there are easy ways to protect and maintain your gutters to cut down on risks. 

Overflowing Gutters

McGuire Roofing & Construction, one of the leading residential and commercial roofing contractors in the area, discusses what you need to know about overflowing gutters. 

What Causes Gutters to Overflow?

Gutters with spilling water is a symptom of a much larger problem. Determining the cause is the first step to having your gutters repaired. Common potential issues include:

  • Clogs – A clog in the downspout or along the gutter itself is usually caused by fallen leaves, twigs, dust, branches, and other debris. These items can cause the water to back up and overflow. 
  • Sagging – Sagging gutters cause rainwater to pool along the length of their pipes without ever reaching the downspout.
  • Poor gutter coverage – Gutters that don’t run the length of your home or aren’t comprehensive enough to hold all the rain sliding down the roof causes water to overflow everywhere.

Identifying which problem is causing the overflow can be tricky. It’s important to consult professional roofing contractors to pinpoint the specific cause.

How to Deal with Gutter Problems

Regular gutter maintenance helps make sure your gutters aren’t problematic. Trim trees surrounding your roof to somehow reduce items landing on your gutters. It’s also great to invest in gutter covers, which prevent debris from entering your gutters. With a quality gutter protection system in place, you wouldn’t have to clean your gutters much.

If you’re concerned about your home’s gutter system, feel free to reach out to our team at McGuire Roofing & Construction. We offer top-of-the-line home improvement services ranging from gutter inspection and repair to commercial and residential roof construction. Simply call us at (865) 338-7663 to schedule a FREE in-house estimate. We offer our services to residents in Oak Ridge, Knoxville, and nearby TN communities.



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