PROBLEM CAUSE SOLUTION
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
  • Tile or shingle not out far enough
  • Roof valley improperly installed
  • Water is under shingle or tile.
  • Roof lacks proper flashing
  • Move tile out further (some tiles have a little play in them)
  • Repair valley, or shim with metal
  • Check that skylight, solar panel,or vent has been properly flashed.
  • Check for proper lapping on tile roofs
  • Install proper roof flashing (drip metal).
  • 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 divertor flashing installed as part of the roof flashing. If this is missing, water cannot fall into the gutter.
  • Install proper flashing “click” here to view illustration
Water standing in the gutter

  • Up to 1″
  • 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 gutter

  • Over 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
  • Reslope rain gutter
  • Add another downspout
Gutter pulling loose from fascia board
  • Hanger or spike bent or improperly installed
  • Improper hanger, or cheap spike installed
  • Spikes or hangers spaced too far apart
  • Wood has dried, causing spike hole to expand
  • Replace hanger or spike
  • Installed proper or higher quality spike
  • Install more spikes or hangers
  • Respike where necessary
Gutters overflowed during the last rain
  • Leaves, loose shingles, or debris is blocking the downspout.
  • Remove blockage
  • Install downspout strainer or the Wedge
  • Install a quality leaf screen on the rain gutter
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. This sound then resonates through the hollow metal downspout tube.

 

  • 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 (gluing the rope to the bottom of the gutter). This will “wick” out the water.
  • Buy a good set of earplugs

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