• Terry Van Hoose

Switch to bigger gutters to catch more water

Residents of the triangle area of NC are blessed with some of the best weather in the country. However, when it rains, it pours. Heavy rain storms dumping large volumes of water on your home seem to be the norm rather than the exception and can easily overwhelm an undersized rain gutter system.

Many older homes and even some more recently built ones have 3"gutters and downspouts installed on them. These small gutters are not large enough to handle a heavy volume of water and often overflow the edges which can lead to costly water damage. Add a large roof or severe pitched roof to the mix and you have a recipe for disaster. A small gutter quickly becomes full of water and can't get through a 3" downspout efficiently leading to back up.

Compounding the problem is the fact that the triangle is blessed with lots of trees including pine trees that drop needles year round. The debris from trees can quickly take up valuable space in a rain gutter causing even more flooding issues.

Obviously, keeping your gutters clear of debris is crucial to keeping them working properly. We also highly recommend replacing small gutters with larger ones if you are experiencing overflow problems. A 6" gutter with 4" downspouts combined with regular cleanings with go a long way in the battle to guide rain away from your home.

Call or text us a (919) 884-7065 for a free estimate on cleaning today.

A six inch gutter is recommended for a roof slope like this. During a downpour the volume of water could easily spill over a smaller size gutter.
Proper gutter size for the extreme slope roof.

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