How To Prevent Clogged Gutters

How To Prevent Clogged Gutters

May 19 2021

Your gutters have one job – to catch and direct water away from your home. Sounds easy enough, right? It should be; however, we see clogged gutters all over Memphis that lead to roof damage and costly roof repairs. To prevent these damages from creating major issues in your roof system we recommend following the tips below.

Inspect and Clean Your Downspouts Monthly

All it takes is for one clump of leaves to backup your gutter system. Clogs often begin at the point where your gutters meet the rooftop opening of your downspouts. The water overflow will damage roof shingles which will eventually lead to leaking into your home. Repairing leaks into your home can be a costly undertaking so that’s why we recommend making sure your gutters are cleaned monthly.

Trim Trees and Hedges Away from Your Roof’s Gutters

Hanging branches and over grown vegetation are some of the biggest threats to your gutters. Heavy Midsouth winds will also transport loose growth into your gutters and clog them. Trimming branches of nearby trees will limit the leaves or debris in your gutters. Since this can be a dangerous job, we recommend hiring a professional to handle trimming any tree limbs.

Install A Higher-Grade Gutter

If you are having issues with your gutters and see water flowing over the gutters, that could be a sign that your gutters are clogged, or they are undersized.

A 1-foot length of a 5-inch gutter will hold 1.2 gallons of water. Whereas a 1-foot length of 6-inch gutter will hold 2 gallons of water. That is a 40% increase in capacity with 6-inch gutters.

The lack of capacity to hold enough water for the size of the home leads to a lot of rotten fascia and even leaks that are going into the home.

Install Gutter Guards

Don’t want to deal with the hassle of gutter cleaning? We offer Raindrop Gutter Guard to place over your gutters.  These guards prevent debris buildup by preventing leaves from entering your gutters and keeping water flowing. Once you install Raindrop Gutter Guards, you will no longer have to dread the chore of cleaning your gutters.

Remove Potential Roof or Airborne Debris

Leaves are not the only material to clog up your gutters. Debris from your roof including loose shingles and granules can collect and plug your downspouts. If you do notice a number of shingle granules in your gutters, it may be a sign to get your roof inspected. As your shingles age and become damaged by harsh weather, they will continue to lose granules.

Don’t forget about all the materials that squirrels, birds, and racoons will leave in your gutters as well!

If you are interested in our gutter guards or replacing your old gutters, give us a call for a free inspection. We will work with you to give you the peace of mind that you won’t have to worry about your gutters for years to come.

Contact us at 901-563-8645 or click here to set up a free estimate. We offer inspections that are easy and completed quickly. Make sure to follow us on Facebook and Instagram for more tips on taking care of your roof.