3 Common Causes of Overflowing Spouting and How to Avoid Them

December 06 2018

3 Common Causes of Overflowing Spouting and How to Avoid Them

December 06 2018

Rain pouring out of overflowing guttering

Roof spouting is an essential element of any house, often more so than most homeowners realise. Without roof spouting to rely on, rain would settle and accumulate on your roof and, over time, potentially cause leaks and other damage to your home. It’s important to take the time to clean and maintain your gutters to ensure that your roof spouting does its job effectively and efficiently.

Failing to keep your spouting clear of debris can result in water building up and overflowing which may lead to a number of potential issues. With so much excess water falling onto your driveway, the water can cause the concrete to crack and replacing your driveway is not cheap.

In addition, your basement can flood with the risk of causing structural damage to your home. And, as water seeps into your house, mould can develop, which can cause breathing difficulties, fevers, headaches, itching eyes and a whole host of other problems for you and your family.

Continue reading to learn about some of the most common causes of overflowing and how you can avoid them in the future.

Overflowing Rain Gutters

Not Enough Roof Spouting and Downpipes

When there is heavy rainfall your spouting may not be able to handle the increased amount of rain if it is not set up properly. In fact, if your spouting overflows with just a moderate amount of rain, then you probably have a problem that will need immediate attention.

The reason for this could be that there is not enough spouting or downpipes or perhaps you don’t have spouting installed on all sides of the house, which can also cause the water to overflow. To solve the issue, you need to fit more roof spouting and downpipes to allow the water to drain away properly and check that your installation is able to handle the amount of rainfall you experience in your area.

Clogged Spouting

A serious problem with spouting is clogging, especially in the autumn when trees are shedding their leaves. When the leaves and other debris settle in the spouting the water doesn’t flow through and instead overflows causing damage to your home and property.

In order to avoid this from happening, you need to clear out your spouting a few times a year. Don’t wait until you have a problem and instead take action beforehand to save yourself from dealing with expensive repairs.


Blocked Downpipes

If you have cleaned out your spouting but rainwater is still overflowing, then your downpipes might be clogged up with debris. To find out if this is the problem, use a hosepipe to test your drains and if the water doesn’t flow through you will know that this is the problem.

If this is the case, take some time to clean them out and re-test with a hose again until you are satisfied that the downpipes are clear. Another solution is to look into installing downpipes with a larger circumference which can help the water flow away from your roof more efficiently.

How to Avoid Overflowing Spouting

While updating your roof spouting and downpipes to be able to handle a greater volume of water may be necessary, simply cleaning out your spouting every few months should always be the first step to prevent overflowing. Be sure to pay attention to where the overflowing is occurring to zone in on problematic areas and remember that when it comes to maintenance, prevention is always better than a cure.

Take the necessary steps to keep your roof spouting from overflowing and you will avoid potentially expensive repair work to your home in the future.  

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