Rain gutters do more than direct rainwater away from the entrances of a home. By directing water away from the foundation of a home, they not only help to reduce the risks of basement of flooding, but also play a central role in maintaining its integrity. However, these are advantages that a homeowner can only enjoy if he or she gets it right when it comes to rain gutter installation.
The pitch of the gutter plays a central role in determining how smoothly water flows in the gutter. Getting it wrong can lead to the accumulation of water in the gutters, something that might eventually cause more problems. Here are some of them.
The pooling that results from an improperly pitched gutter usually leaves it in contact with water for an extended period of time. This usually increases the rate at which the gutters corrode, and hence increasing the risks of holes forming on the gutters. This is something that therefore eventually reduces the effectiveness of the gutters to direct water away from the house's foundation and basement, thus making the gutter virtually useless. This usually calls for an earlier-than-should-have gutter replacement that not only costs money, but also time.
Drooping rain gutters
Installation of gutter hangers is meant to give the rain gutters enough support to avoid any drooping. However, when determining the strength of the hangers and the recommended spacing of the hangers, all that manufacturers usually consider is the volume and weight of moving water. The rain gutter hangers are never designed to handle water pools, especially not for long periods of time.
As a result, even of you maintain the recommended 3-feet-or-less spacing, your gutters may end up drooping prematurely because of consistently shouldering the weight of water pools that form as a result of wrongly pitched gutters. It may be due to the accelerated wearing off of the hangers and thus their stretching. It may also be because of the gutter fasteners getting loose. Whichever the case, the drooping that results may not only ruin the aesthetic appeal of your house, but may also lead to unwanted gutter water spills.
An inch dip for every 20 feet of length is the recommended slope of a rain gutter. Getting this slope right is important as it can help reduce the risks of the above problems. And in cases where you don't have time to get the calculations right, simply spray water into the gutter and then adjust the slope of the gutter until the water flows smoothly through the gutter.
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