Do Your Gutters Look Like This?
It’s more than typical for homeowners in southeast Michigan to give little or no thought to the pitch of their gutters. Regardless, the slope of your gutter is essential to a properly functioning gutter system.
The slope, or pitch, is the amount of downward angle the gutter has to direct the flow of water gradually. If the slant is too slow, water will pool in the gutter and eventually spill over the side, completely defeating the point of gutters in the first place. On the other hand, if the pitch is too severe, the gutters can’t work at full capacity because the water is moving too quickly.
Although the general rule of thumb is gutters should be slanted about a quarter-inch to a half-inch per 10 feet of gutter, it’s best to leave this important decision to a gutter expert. Foundation Systems of Michigan has been helping homeowners for almost 15 years and can help you with all your gutter needs. Call or contact us today for a free inspection.
Quick Tips to Identify Improper Gutter Pitch
- After a rainstorm, get a ladder and look inside the clean gutter. If you see pooling water without any clogs, your gutter is not properly sloped.
- Grab your level. Placing a level directly on the gutter should tell you if the gutter is pitched.
- If gutters are clean of clogs and debris, but continue to overflow, it may be a result of an improper gutter slope.
- If you’re worried your new gutters won’t be sloped correctly, make sure to do your research on the company your choose to install your gutters. Choosing a well-respected gutter company with a proven track record in the area should provide peace of mind. Talk to your inspector and installer about what and why they recommend the slope they do.
A heavy rain and windstorm or a stubborn clog can cause a change to the slope or pitch of your gutters. Although it’s possible to repair the pitch on your own, it is both a lot of work and potentially dangerous. Every year more than 150,000 people are treated in the emergency room for injuries caused by ladder falls.
Not to mention, if you get the slope incorrect, you could create additional issues for your home. The experts at Foundation Systems of Michigan install and repair gutters every day, so choosing them to do the repair is the easy choice. Our trained team has both the experience and the tools to get the job done quickly and efficiently.
Depending on what you mean by level, yes and no. As mentioned, gutters should be pitched slightly from one end to the other to ensure water flows easily to the downspouts and out and away from your home. However, gutters need to be completely level from front to back. Meaning the front edge of the gutter should be level with the back. DIY installs or companies without a lot of experience often install gutters with a forward tilt. This means water spills right over the edge instead of traveling through the gutter itself.
To check if your gutters are level front to back, use a level placed on the top of the gutter. Also, ensure that all fasteners are tightened correctly. When in doubt, be sure to contact Foundation Systems of Michigan and take the guesswork out of gutters.
Typically, brackets are used to hold the gutter onto the house. This means the brackets need to be strong enough to hold the weight of the gutter itself and the gutter when it is full of rainwater. Brackets should be tight and secure, but depending on the many types of brackets you have, tightening may be more difficult than it looks.
The most common gutter hangers secure the gutter to the facia board. These gutter hangers should be tight enough to withstand the weight of the gutter when filled with water but not too tight that the slope of the gutter is altered.
If you think you need to tighten a gutter bracket, be sure to use a level or call Foundation Systems of Michigan to make any necessary repairs.
The short answer, no. It’s never a good idea to have standing water in your gutter. Standing water can occur for several reasons. Either a clog stops the flow of water, or the gutter’s slope is incorrect. Regardless, standing water will eventually lead to water flowing over the top of the gutter, causing issues for your foundation and soil erosion below.
In addition to the damage done to the ground, standing water also damages the fascia board or the wood that caps the end of the rafters and soffit or the space between the roof and fascia.
Gutter Slope Problems Solved
If you have doubts if your gutters are sloped correctly, eliminate the guesswork by contacting Foundation Systems of Michigan. Our team of trained experts will inspect your gutters to let you know if there is a problem and offer solutions to solve your gutter needs. We offer a free inspection and provide you with a no-obligation quote if needed.