Gutters seem simple enough, but if they’re not installed correctly, they won’t be able to move water away from your home. A properly pitched gutter is tilted slightly toward their downspouts to ensure rainwater. This allows water to flow freely without getting trapped along the way. As a general rule of thumb, your gutters should slope down from their peak at least one quarter inch for every 10 feet of gutter.
So, how can you tell if your gutters are properly pitched? And what can you do about it? Read on to learn more:
Check your gutters after a rainstorm
An easy way to make sure water is flowing through your downspouts is to inspect your gutters following a rainstorm. If you see any standing water in your gutters, and it’s not being blocked by debris or other obstructions, the pitch of the gutters is too shallow.
Try bending the gutter hanger
In some cases, you may be able to correct isolated gutter pitch issues by gently bending the gutter hanger in the affected area to allow water to drain into the downspout. If the pitch problems are more widespread, however, you may need to have your gutters rehung by a professional installer.
Avoiding incorrectly pitched gutters
If your gutters were originally hung by professionals and have been properly maintained, you shouldn’t have to worry too much about pitch problems unless they’re damaged by something like a falling tree limb. You’re also less likely to encounter pitch problems with seamless gutters because they must be custom cut to suit the unique dimensions of your home.
Interested in learning more about all the benefits of modern seamless gutter systems? Give us a call or contact us online to speak with a representative at Bell Seamless Gutters today!
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