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Quick Fix for Gutter Problem


I have a problem with standing water in my gutters. I suspected I had a problem when I sometimes get clouds of mosquitos flying around up there. I'm not near any standing water and it's not a woodsy area so swarms of mosquitos like that are unusual.

So I climbed up expecting to see the gutters completely jammed with leaves. But they were spotless. However there was still a lot of standing water in them. As you can see from the photos, theres only a spout on one side. My theory is that there were spouts on both sides and they just closed up the left spout when they built the handicapped ramp.

Some day in the future, that ramp will be long gone and I'll have all new gutters with proper spouts and pitch. But for now.....

Here's the great idea I came up with. What if I get the smallest nail I can find and poke maybe 4 tiny holes in the gutter along the length. When it was raining, a tiny but irrelevant amount of water would drip down from these little holes. Not enough to cause any issues at all. But when the rain stopped, those little holes should slowly drain out all the standing water in no time.

This seems like a pretty reasonable quick fix until I can re-do everything properly. Thoughts?
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I am sure that would work if you can handle the dripping.
Can't see fascia from here but I would be concerned about water staying on the bottom where it could get to wood. That wouldn't be a problem if the bottom of the gutter is below any wood behind it. I would use a small drill and if you don't like it you could just put a screw in the holes to stop it.
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If it were me, I'd either repitch the gutter or add another downspout at the other end. But I did that sort of crap for 28 years so it seems simple to me.
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Out of curiosity are those solar panels heating water or making electricity? If electricity how much does it supply of your daily use?
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Out of curiosity are those solar panels heating water or making electricity? If electricity how much does it supply of your daily use?
They are just decoration. They are for making electricity but I have them turned off while I fight an endless fight with Vivint solar. They came with the house and the 20 year contract was seriously misrepresented.

That said, if I owned the panels, and had them switched on, they'd be making a ton of power even though they are facing more east than south. I think in the summer they'd top out around 800KwH a month if it was a very sunny month. and bottom out around 250 KwH per month in Winter. But whatever you do, don't lease, don't do "no money down", don't do a power purchase agreement, and don't sign a 20 year contract for anything in life other than a mortgage!
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I am sure that would work if you can handle the dripping.
Can't see fascia from here but I would be concerned about water staying on the bottom where it could get to wood. That wouldn't be a problem if the bottom of the gutter is below any wood behind it. I would use a small drill and if you don't like it you could just put a screw in the holes to stop it.
Snow falling off the panels has bent them all down a bit so I don't think the water will collect along the wood side but once i'm up there i can check. One of the reasons i was thinking poking through with a nail instead of drilling was that it would make a little lip on the lower side to prevent the water from going anywhere but down.
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If it were me, I'd either repitch the gutter or add another downspout at the other end. But I did that sort of crap for 28 years so it seems simple to me.
If you were local, I'd inquire if you work for beer. But you're not even close so doesn't matter. Some day I will do all this. But for now, some small holes hopefully will do.
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Snow falling off the panels has bent them all down a bit so I don't think the water will collect along the wood side but once i'm up there i can check. One of the reasons i was thinking poking through with a nail instead of drilling was that it would make a little lip on the lower side to prevent the water from going anywhere but down.
Good thinking. just not sure you get the hole before you deform the gutter.
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Good thinking. just not sure you get the hole before you deform the gutter.
We'll see. I'll post some pics whenever I get around to doing it.
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The problem with small holes is that they are likely to clog with debris fairly quickly. I can't quite get my head around where that ramp goes, but if there is nothing around the left corner of the photo (where the boat is), you could add an elbow to a short section then run the downspout down that wall.
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Also, it looks like his fascia boards are not very tall (hard to tell from the pic), so I'm not sure how much re-pitching he'd be able to get out of them. Unless he extends them down a bit.
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How about a small pump with a garden hose hook up.

Put the pump at the desired end and run the hose to the other end and down the spout.
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Beer and/or Vodka on the rocks with a splash of lime juice
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^ But don't "pay" him til the job is done!

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How about a small pump with a garden hose hook up.

Put the pump at the desired end and run the hose to the other end and down the spout.
Unless he can create some kind of sump, I doubt a pump would work, because most need a certain depth to operate—so he would always have some water.
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^ But don't "pay" him til the job is done!


Unless he can create some kind of sump, I doubt a pump would work, because most need a certain depth to operate—so he would always have some water.
You are correct.

Some are 1/8"
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