5 Easy Ways to Stop Rain from Overshooting your Gutters

If you’re reading this, it probably means you’re gutters aren’t draining right. A common issue with gutters is the water overshooting instead of making its way down your downspout.

This can be extremely frustrating if the overshooting water from your gutters is damaging your landscaping or parts of your home, such as your foundation.

Today, we’re going to go over the best fixes for this issue and hopefully solve your problem.

1. Protect from Overflow with Splash Guards

gutter splash guard or gusher guard

When water comes off your roof, it should enter your gutters and get channeled down the downspouts. This allows the water to be directed away from your home to protect your foundation, siding, and more.

Unfortunately, sometimes the water comes down your roof at a high speed and gets flung right past your gutters, defeating the purpose of having the gutters in the first place.

This can cause a lot of issues, such as basements flooding, your grass developing muddy pockets, or other home damages.

Luckily, this issue is solvable.

Water overshooting your gutters is most likely to happen where two sections of your roof meet in an area called a valley. The valley is where you get more water flow than the rest of your roof and will often flow past your gutters. To fix this issue, most gutters have a splash guard or a gusher guard in place to stop the water and direct it into the gutters.

The splash guard is a small piece of metal that sticks up from your gutters and acts like a wall that the water will bounce off of. It’s best practice to install these where your roof forms valleys.

If you are missing these splash guards and you experience water overshooting, it could be the cause of your issue. Fortunately, splash guards are cheap and easy to install, albeit a little bit ugly.

2. Clean your Gutters

If water is overshooting your gutters, it is possible that your gutters are clogged with leaves and gunk. The water should be entering your gutters but because the gutters are clogged they overflow, and water can’t enter.

Clogged gutters are a big issue and can lead to huge problems such as your ceiling leaking.

A simple fix is to clean out your gutters to remove any leaves and debris. You can also opt for gutter guards to reduce the amount of maintenance required for your gutters.

If you’re gutters are already clean, make sure to check that your downspouts are not clogged as they are the next likely cause of the overflowing and overshooting issue.

Remember, it’s best to regularly clean your gutters twice a year to avoid overflowing.

If everything is properly clean, it could be the next issue causing your problem.

3. Realign your Gutters

Over time, your gutters begin to sag or shift as the seasons pass. The extreme heat of the summer and the bitter cold of the winter put your gutters through a lot of expanding and shrinking, making them move over time.

What happens is, eventually your gutters will no longer be angled properly for water to flow down the downspout.

This leads to overflowing and eventually overshooting.

You can fix this issue by realigning the gutter brackets so that the gutters are the proper pitch for water to flow out from them. Older types of gutter hangers, such as spike and ferrule, begin to poke out after a long enough period of time and you can see them sticking out.

These will need to hammered back in and realigned to promote the ideal water flow from your gutters.

4. Upgrade to Larger Gutters

While sometimes rare, it’s possible that the original developer of your home did not install large enough gutters to handle the rainfall in your area.

For your gutters to work right, they need to be large enough to handle the water that falls off of your roof, considering your roof’s pitch, the total surface area of your roof, and how much rainfall you get per hour.

If your gutters are too small, they’ll fill up with water too fast before they can drain, leading to water overshooting.

It’s common for most homes to use 5-inch K-style gutters, so if you have this issue, you may need to upgrade to 6-inch K-style gutters.

Also, older homes tend to have half-round gutters. While a lot of homeowners enjoy the simple look of half-round gutters, they don’t allow for as much water flow as K-style gutters. In fact, K-style gutters can handle up to 50% more water flow than half-round gutters in a comparable size.

So if needed, you can either swap to K-style or go to a larger size, if needed.

For more help on this problem, I recommend reading these two articles:
1. K-style vs Half-round gutters
2. 5-inch vs 6 inch gutters

5. Add a Downspout

It’s possible every part of your gutter system is properly installed except that you might be missing a downspout.

If you don’t have enough downspouts, your gutters can’t drain fast enough for the rainfall in your area. This leads to overflowing and the rain overshooting your gutters.

A simple rule of thumb is to place downspouts every 25-35 feet, so if your downspouts are further apart than that, it’s recommended to add more. That could solve the water overshooting problem you have.

You can read more about how many downspouts you need here.

Find a Contractor to Fix your Overshooting Gutters

If you are dealing with overshooting gutters and don’t want to DIY the fix, it can be a good idea to work with a professional. Climbing up on your roof can be dangerous, especially if your home has two stories.

A contractor can help diagnose your gutter problem and offer solutions that fit within your budget. Look for reputable contractors in your area that consistently high reviews and have previous work experience with photos of their work.

Most of the time gutter overshooting can fixed by adding splash guards or cleaning your gutters, which are both relatively cheap fixes. Otherwise you may be encountering a more serious issue.

Good luck!

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