If you walked outside and noticed the rain pouring over your gutters and pooling at the base of your house, it is time to do something. Take a walk around the house to try to figure out why the gutters are no longer diverting the water. What you see will determine what needs to be done. If you cannot find a problem, call in a roofing specialist to help out. Here are some of the options you may have to get the water flowing correctly again.
Clean the Gutters
Dirt, leaves, and even roof tiles can end up in gutters and restrict water from getting to the drain pipe so the water is diverted away from the foundation of the house so it doesn't cause damage. There may be a few things blocking the drain pipe even if the gutters are clean. There could also be a section that is filled just enough to stop the water from flowing over it. To truly inspect the gutters for a blockage, you will need to get up on a ladder and search the whole length. It is also a good idea to run a brush pipe down the drain pipe in case it is clogged.
Repair the Gutters
If the gutters have pulled away from the house, the water running down the roof will fall through the space between the roof and the gutters. You will have to reattach them. However, this may require buying a new section of the gutter or having to repair the wood on the eaves so that the gutter can be attached. This may end up being a big job you are not prepared to handle. If you notice that the wood is rotting or the soffit over the edge is not in good condition, it might be time to call in a professional.
Replace the Gutters
Sometimes there is just no hope of cleaning and repairing the gutters enough to have them working properly. You may opt to replace only sections of the gutter, but in many cases, if one section is bad, the rest will soon follow. Replacing a section will give you or a contractor, like those at Allstate Gutter & Siding, a chance to get a good look at the roof edge and make any necessary repairs to ensure it will hold the new gutters.
Rain gutters are an important part of your house. They keep water from pooling at the foundation where it can cause the concrete to crumble over time. It is also important that the water does not back up in the trough and cause the wood of the roof eaves to rot. Make sure to check the gutters regularly and take a quick walk around the house during a rainstorm to see if any water is spilling over. Cleaning, repairing, or replacing rain gutters will cost a lot less than having to have the roof or foundation repaired or replaced.