Spring is a rainy season, and we also get our fair share of summer storms here in Texas. It’s safe to say gutters are an essential part of protecting your home. Without properly functioning ones, you could find yourself dealing with a wide range of problems, from basement flooding to landscaping damage.
One problem many homeowners experience is standing water in gutters. This is a seemingly small setback, but leaving the gutters untreated could lead to other issues. Here’s what could be causing the standing water, why you shouldn’t ignore it and how to fix it.
Problem: Clogged Downspout
First check the downspout for any clogs. Plenty of objects can lodge themselves here and allow water to linger in the gutters. A few examples include:
- Sticks and twigs
- Asphalt roof granules
If you ignore a clogged downspout, you’ll probably regret it the next time it rains heavily. A downpour can cause water to stream over the sides of a clogged gutter, wreaking havoc on your landscaping and putting your foundation at risk.
Solution: Clear the Clog
If you can reach the clog, remove as much of the blockage as possible by hand. Then jab at the clog with a long, thin object such as a broom handle to break it up and send it flowing down the downspout. Spray out the gutters with a garden hose to check if the blockage is clear.
A stubborn clog or your hesitance to climb a ladder and take a look could mean you should hire a professional for help.
Problem: Improper Gutter Pitch
Gutters are installed with a gradual slope leading toward the downspout. This ensures all rainwater heads in the correct direction. If improper installation or wear and tear has led to a defective pitch, areas of standing water are likely.
Failure to repair improper gutter pitch could lead to mosquitoes, rust and damage to the roof, siding and foundation. The gutter support system may even fail under the excess weight of standing water.
Solution: Repair the Pitch
It’s much better to avoid the pitfalls of improper gutter slope and repair the problem before any damage is done. Leave the job to a professional who can use precise equipment to ensure the ideal gutter pitch for proper drainage.