Troubleshooting Tips - Gutters

Before you call for service …

There are many minor problems that you can easily fix yourself. If your gutters aren't working properly, look for the problem you're experiencing on this chart and see if it's a do-it-yourself job.

Problem Possible Causes
Water backs up onto roofing. Water runs down fascia and siding. Gutter or downspout clogged or damaged. Gutter
protection or leaf guard is daming water.
Water backs up in one end of the gutter. Incorrect slope of gutter. Loose gutter spikes or hangers causing sagging.
Gutter Leaks Loose joint, solder or hole.
Soffit wet or leaking Leak in your roof somewhere.
Loose fascia Gutter or downspout damaged or faulty. Faceboard damaged or structural damage.
Ice buildup at eave or over gutters. Inadequate attic ventilation. Blocked soffit
Attic Leaks Damaged roofing, shingle or flashing. Gutter
damaged. Skylight, soil pipe or chimney damaged or leaking in flashing around each.
Damp attic Blocked soffit vent, Roof vents not working properly. Improper ventilation and insulation.
Blocked soffit vents Insulation or bird nests
Gable vent loose or damaged Insulation or bird nests
Water runoff runs behind gutter and down fascia Insufficient roof overhang.
Water runoff below downspout erodes ground
around foundation
No splash block or splashblock is out of place.
Loose or rattling downspout Loose bracket