Correcting Gutter Slope to Avoid Standing Water and Incorrect Fall
Your home has constant exposure to the tough Australian weather conditions including rain. When rainwater fails to drain properly, water collects and gets stuck in the areas between or behind the gutter. This may be a direct result of an incorrect fall, a common gutter problem that occurs when the gradient of the standard guttering is too level for the water to flow through. The end result? Water pools and consequently, stagnates and often overflows into the home.
- Inspect the gutter and check if it is incorrectly sloped. If it is improperly pitched, you will need to adjust the gutter slope.
- Ask someone to hold the gutter while you loosen and remove the gutter brackets or hangers.
- Pull the gutter down about 3 quarters of an inch lower than it originally was.
- Put a temporary screw at the back to adjust the pitch. The gutter should have a quarter inch of slope per 10 feet.
- Once the gutter is properly pitched, re-install the gutter brackets.
Roofing and guttering experts recommend that gutters have at least a quarter inch of slope per 10 feet to avoid standing water on your roof gutters. Roof gutters need to be pitched toward the downpipes for the water to flow properly. A correct gutter slope prevents standing water caused by rainfall from accumulating on your roof gutters.
Debris, which can be anything from sand, silt, rock, leaves and dirt, will not seep through and remain stagnant. Having a correct gutter slope helps the gutter system to flush off the debris, whereas a level gutter system will have debris accumulating.
Not sure how to check whether or not your gutters are improperly pitched?