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Why Is There Standing Water in My Gutters?

Although summer storms are behind us, your seamless gutters are exposed to the elements all year long. No matter the season, they can get damaged and stop protecting your home the way they’re supposed to. Without properly functioning gutters, you can have all types of problems on your hands, from basement flooding to siding 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 are possible reasons for 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
  • Leaves
  • Toys
  • 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. Gutter guards can be wonderful solutions for keeping leaves and other debris out of your gutters.

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.

Gutter Repair & Replacement in San Antonio, TX

If you require gutter repair services or even new gutter installation in the San Antonio area, you’ve come to the right place! Contact Installed Building Products San Antonio today to fix your standing water issue.

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