Your gutters help keep water from seeping into your home. When you notice rainwater pouring over the sides of your gutters, it’s time to take action. Otherwise, this water could end up getting under your roof eaves, causing water damage in your home. Learn more about why gutters overflow and what you can do about it.


Clogged gutters prevent water from being able to flow through freely. Leaves and other debris can build up inside your gutters, especially if you don’t clean them on a regular basis. Other objects, such as toys, can also get lodged in your gutters. When your gutters aren’t cleaned, these clogs can cause them to overflow. Rain won’t have a clear path through your gutters to your downspout. You should have your gutters cleaned at least in fall and spring each year to prevent this from happening.

Incorrect Pitch

Gutters need to have the right pitch in order to allow water to reach downspouts. Your gutters should be pitched toward the downspouts. When they’re not, water can flow over the sides. You could end up with gutters which have an incorrect pitch if they’re installed improperly. The pitch of your gutters also changes over time due to wear and tear.

Installation Problems

Gutters need to hang at the right height and with enough of a gap between them and your home. When your gutters aren’t installed correctly, they might end up hanging too low or they could have a gap which is too large. These problems can lead to water overshooting your gutters rather than flowing through them. You’ll need to have these problems corrected if they’re causing your gutters to overflow.

Gutter Protection

Adding protection to your gutters will lower the risk of having to deal with clogs and other overflow problems. GutterShutters provide your gutters with protection from debris. These products use reverse curve technology which lets water drip into your gutters while keeping leaves and other debris out. GutterShutters are designed so they won’t pull away from your roof or allow clogs to form inside your gutters. When you have these protective products installed, you won’t have to worry about dealing with overflowing gutters.

If your gutters need protection, contact Straight Line Construction for GutterShutter installation.