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3 Reasons Behind Noisy Gutters and Downspouts

With all the rain we get here in the Pacific Northwest, noisy gutters and downspouts can drive you crazy. Sometimes, your gutters making a loud racket can indicate that you need to repair them, but other times it’s a minor issue that you can fix yourself. Here are the three reasons your gutters and downspouts can develop a noise problem and how to improve them.

There’s a Clog

The gutters channel water away from the roof, but they also collect organic material and debris that create blockages, preventing water from draining properly. The accumulated water may eventually cause damage to the roof if we do not promptly address these clogs.

Loosened Brackets

Brackets are what keep your gutters firmly secured to the side of the house. Over time, though, these brackets can become loose due to the wind and rain that we frequently experience in the Pacific Northwest. When water rushes down a gutter with loosened racks, it causes a loud rattling noise that can be impossible to ignore. Loosened gutters can even bang against the side of your house, damaging your home and increasing the risk of water damage.

Subpar Installation

Unfortunately, subpar installation is one of the most common reasons for noisy gutters and downspouts in Portland. People often install downspouts at the wrong angle, which results in ineffective drainage of water. Gutters should also have a very slight, almost imperceptible slope. When improperly installed, water droplets won’t slide but will instead pound against the sides. The improper angle of downspouts can cause water to accumulate around the foundation of a building, leading to water damage, mold growth, and even structural problems. It’s important to ensure that downspouts are installed at the correct angle to direct water away from the building and prevent these issues from occurring. Regular maintenance and cleaning of downspouts can also help to ensure proper water drainage and prevent blockages that could lead to water damage.

Keeping your gutters clean and trouble-free all by yourself can be a real headache. With the help of professional gutter cleaning and repair in Oregon, you can ensure that you always have clean, silent gutters.