Water drips from rain gutter miter
- Caulking hasn’t bonded properly
- Caulking has split or pulled away
- Miter has not been caulked
- Recaulk miter
- Caulk miter
Water drips from elbow at downspout
- Downspout return is too shallow
- Downspout outlet not sealed properly
- Elbow installed incorrectly
- Reslope downspout return
- Reseat and seal outlet
- Reinstall elbow
Water drips behind rain gutter (between gutter and fascia board)
- Tile or shingle not out far enough
- Roof valley improperly installed
- Water is under shingle or tile.
- Roof lacks proper flashing
- Move shingle or tile out further
- Repair valley, or shim with metal
- Check for proper skylight, solar panel, or vent flashing.
- Check for proper lapping on tile roofs
- Install proper roof flashing.
- Call a licensed roofing professional
Water drips from end of gutter
- End caps caulking missing or broken.
- Rake tile transferring water to gutter
- Recaulk end cap
- Adjust rake tile
Water drips between wall or chimney and the end of the gutter
- To be properly flashed, the wall and chimney areas should have a 3″ piece of diverter flashing installed as part of the roof flashing. If this is missing, water cannot fall into the gutter.
- Install proper flashingClick here to see Diagram
Water standing in the gutterUp to 1″
- Gutters are not sloped to drain water out. Therefore, all gutter will hold some water, this is considered normal and does not affect the performance of the rain gutter.
- Requires no adjustment, as water will usually dissipate and evaporate within a short period of time
Water standing in the gutterOver 1″
- Gutter not sloped enough, (depending upon length)
- House and/or fascia board has an out of level area
- Gutter length too long for water to dissipate
- Lower gutter if practical
- Add another downspout
Water overshoots the gutter (all around the house).Water overshoots the gutter (at the roof valleys).
- Rain Gutter too narrow.
- Water condensed in roof valleys can easily gain enough momentum to cause it to project over (overshoot) the gutter.
- Install Rain Stop Flashing on the gutters, or replace with wider gutters.
- Install a 15″ Baffle at all roof valleys.
Gutter pulling loose from fascia board
- Hanger / spike bent or improperly installed
- Wrong hanger used
- Spikes or hangers spaced too far apart
- Wood has dried, causing spike hole to expand
- Spout is clogged, gutter is filling with water and this weight is pulling fasteners loose
- Replace hanger or spike
- Installed proper or higher quality spike
- Install more spikes or hangers
- Respike where necessary
- Unclog spout and refasten gutter
Gutters overflowed during the last rain
- Leaves, loose shingles, or some debris is blocking the downspout
- Not enough downspouts
- Downspout return too shallow
- Remove blockage and clean gutte
- install downspout strainer or the Wedge
- Install a leaf protection system
- Add downspouts
- Modify return at a steeper angle
After a rain, I hear a “tapping” sound.
- The small amount of water left in the gutter is dripping down the downspout and hitting an elbow.
- Slope the gutter more if its a short section
- Using spray adhesive, glue a thin sponge to the bottom kicker elbow
- Offset the downspout at the bottom at least six inches
- Install a vinyl spout
- Snake a cotton rope through the downspout from the gutter to the ground. This will “wick” out the water