Home Fix: How to prevent gutter overflow

April 13, 2015 12:15 PM

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Q: This is the first year I have noticed a drip line rut in the yard below my gutters. Is this because of the heavy rains? Are my gutters too small? I have standard sized gutters, and when I checked the gutters and the drains they are not clogged.

A: The best solution is to have six-inch gutters and downspouts on your home, but if the roof pitch is steeper than an 8/12 pitch (a 12/12 pitch is a 45-degree angle) there is still a good chance the rainwater can flow past the gutters in a heavy downpour. If you have a covering on your gutters to k...

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