This weekend, we in the Pacific Northwest are are experiencing one of the heaviest rain storms of both recent and even “not so recent” memory.  It is not often that words like “typhoon” get used in the same sentence as Portland or Oregon.

This is just a quick note to let you know not to panic or assume the worse if your gutters overflow.  Sure, we would love the business but would prefer that your gutters really need cleaning.  Quite often, in exceptionally heavy rains, even completely clean gutters (like the ones in the photo) may overflow.

Overflowing gutter

Overflowing gutter

In such cases, it is a simple issue of capacity, not clog.  Gutters are like any component intended to hold something.  They only have so much capacity and when exceeded, there can be overflow.  Most residently gutters are designed to evacuate 99.9% of the type of rains that most homes encounter.  On that rare occasion where the rain is coming too much, too fast, they simply temporarily overflow.

So if your gutters are overflowing this weekend, keep it in perspective.  If 5 – 30 minutes after you first notice the overflow they are no longer overflowing yet it is still raining less violently, it was likely just a capacity issue.  If not, wait until the next day or next rain to see if the overflow persists.  If so, then maybe you do need a gutter cleaning in which case, give us a call.  503-590-9274.