Common Causes of Noisy Gutters and Downspouts

Gutters and downspouts aren’t supposed to make noises other than the steady splash of water during a rainy day. Yet sometimes it makes thudding and clanging sounds that can rouse even the deepest sleeper from slumber. In today’s post, the gutter and roofing contractors at Kroll Construction shares a look at the common causes of noisy gutters and downspouts.


Common Causes of Noisy Gutters and Downspouts

Clogged Gutters

Gutters need to be kept clear in order to work properly. Under normal operating conditions, rainwater should flow straight into the gutter troughs, and all you should hear is water trickling, and usually only during a heavy downpour. Clogged gutters are not so efficient, which means the water could go anywhere.

Large twigs or stones may be agitated by flowing rainwater and cause rattling or banging sounds. This may also scrape caulk or coatings in the gutter trough. Overflowing water from the gutters can be strong enough to hit the ground noisily. It can also cause damage to the roofing system when the water seeps into the eaves.

Loose Gutter Hangers or Brackets

Properly-installed gutters should be tight enough not make unusual noises when it rains. However, years of exposure to the elements and changes in temperature can result in joints and gutter hangers coming loose. When rainwater pours into these gutters, the loose parts would cause anything from scraping to loud banging noises. In addition to being an annoyance, constant agitation can loosen these parts even more, which may lead to parts of the gutter falling off the roof edge. Regular gutter inspections can help you catch such problems and have them repaired by a gutter professional early on.

Improperly Aligned Downspouts

Downspouts are often overlooked, yet they’re essential to proper gutter operation. Like loose gutter hangers, Improperly aligned downspouts tend to rattle and bang during heavy rainfall. It can also leak rainwater to areas where it can cause damage, such as near home foundations.

Looking for gutter and roofing companies in the area? Call Kroll Construction at (734) 999-1022. You can also fill out our contact form to schedule an appointment. We serve customers in Michigan and nearby areas.

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