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How do I stop my gutters from overflowing?

Updated: Apr 26


leaves blocking a roof gutter

To prevent your gutters from overflowing, you can take several steps to ensure they function properly and efficiently. Here are some tips to help you stop your gutters from overflowing:


  1. Regular Cleaning:

    1. Remove leaves, twigs, dirt, and other debris from your gutters regularly. This is especially important during autumn when leaves tend to accumulate.

    2. Check your gutters at least twice a year, ideally in spring and autumn, and more often if you have trees near your home.

  2. Install Gutter Guards:

    1. Gutter guards or gutter screens like LeafScreen can help prevent debris from entering your gutters while still allowing water to flow through. There are various types of gutter guards available. LeafScreen has been in business for well over 20 years and is a trusted name in the industry.

  3. Proper Sloping:

    1. Ensure that your gutters are properly sloped toward the downpipes. Gutters should have a slight downward slope, typically about 5mm in 1 m, to allow water to flow toward the downpipes.

  4. Downpipe Maintenance:

    1. Clear any clogs or obstructions from your downpipes. You can use a plumber's snake or a high-pressure hose to remove blockages.

  5. Repair Leaks and Holes:

    1. Inspect your gutters for any leaks or holes and repair them promptly. You can use gutter sealant or patch kits for minor repairs, or replace sections of damaged gutters if necessary.

  6. Check for Proper Attachment:

    1. Ensure that your gutters are securely attached to your home. Loose or sagging gutters can lead to improper drainage.

  7. Prune Overhanging Branches:

    1. Trim or prune tree branches that hang over your roof or gutters to reduce the amount of debris that falls into the gutters.

  8. Evaluate Gutter Size:

    1. If your gutters are consistently overflowing despite maintenance efforts, consider whether they are appropriately sized for your roof and rainfall conditions. In some cases, upgrading to larger gutters may be necessary.

  9. Regular Inspections:

    1. Make it a habit to visually inspect your gutters and downpipes for any issues, especially after severe weather events like those recently experienced here in NZ.

  10. Professional Help:

    1. If you're unsure about the condition of your gutters or need assistance with repairs or maintenance, consider hiring a professional gutter cleaning and maintenance service like LeafScreen.

Taking these preventive measures can help you stop your gutters from overflowing and protect your home from potential water damage. Regular maintenance is key to ensuring that your gutters continue to function effectively.


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