Gutters Overflowing

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Old 05-19-15, 11:09 AM
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Gutters Overflowing

I'm having a problem with my gutters overflowing. They were cleaned last spring. All downspouts drain into underground pipes. I have four videos here that show some of the problems. Ideas for a fix?

Videos here: https://drive.google.com/folderview?...TA&usp=sharing
 
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Old 05-19-15, 11:27 AM
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I see a lot of water in the videos, but none of the pictures show the downspouts or the underground pipes.

You say the gutters were cleaned "Last spring". Well sugar, that was a year ago, so you might want to get on a ladder and check them again. You could also have a clog in the downspout elbows that was missed when the gutters were cleaned. So I would suggest you take apart the downspouts and ensure that they are not clogged. Also, there are 2 sizes of the downspouts... 2x3 and 3x4. You should definitely have 3x4 downspouts. (The downspouts are what connects the gutter to the underground piping.)

You may have a clog in your underground pipes, so you should probably check the outlet and see how much water is coming out of it. Plumbers aren't crazy about cleaning out underground drain pipes, so you might have to call a handyman if you need someone to snake the underground pipe.
 
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Quick thoughts/ suggestions:
1) reclean the gutters (I find it necessary to do that every year. In fact several of your vids look exactly like my gutters when I haven't recleaned them)
2) clean the downspouts
3) check to see if the underground pipes are clogged
4) Would it be possible to add more downspouts, even if they are not emptying into pipes, it might be possible to properly direct the runoff away from the house.
 
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I have spoken to two companies and have gotten some advice. I plan to:

1. Have them cleaned.
2. Add two additional downspouts - 1 at each problem spot.
3. Raise the gutters - some are two low meaning that you can see daylight between the gutter and the roof. Both estimators said that they were too low.

I wanted to see if this is good advice. Highest bid is $645 which I think is doable.

I hope that doing these things will solve the problem. As one of you mentioned, nobody is willing to dig up those pipes.
 
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Old 05-19-15, 02:37 PM
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Your pipes don't need to be dug up, they just would need a snake run thru to remove any clogs.
The plumbers here will probably roll their eyes at me, but I call Roto Rooter for those things. That's what they do best.
 
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Shady, I'm not a plumber but how about

Before I'd call someone [I always try to diy] I see if running a water hose up the outlet or disconnecting at the entrance will get good water flow at the other end.
 
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There is no outlet. The downspouts are connected to old tile type piped and they disappear underground.
 
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Those pipes have to go somewhere; out to daylight, a pit or to the city storm sewer.
 
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Maybe they do, but it's not evident to me.
 
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Old 06-07-15, 04:55 AM
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Gutters are working now. Turns out they were just totally clogged. The company I used provided pictures. So, the people that cleaned them last year didn't do a very good job, but took my money anyway. Glad it was an easy fix.
 
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