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Should I patch up holes in wooden gutter

We have a very shallow wooden gutter built onto the addition of our home.

I recently cleaned them out and tested the downspout with a hose. That's when I noticed dripping water from a hole. I thought I would patch it somehow until I noticed a whole bunch of holes throughout the gutter (maybe a little bigger than 3/8 each).

I am pretty sure the previous owner intentionally drilled these to help dissipate the water during heavy rain (a couple of the window sills have some clear water damage).

Most of the holes are clogged with debris (maybe even roofing tar).

Do you think these holes were intentionally drilled? If so, is this a bad idea? Or is it ok and should I make sure water can flow through them?

Thanks for any feedback.

Re: Should I patch up holes in wooden gutter

Gutters are not doing their job if water escapes anywhere other than at the downspout. If the previous owner made the holes, it was probably as an attempt to deal with inadequate drainage capacity, which could be under-sizing the system or inadequate pitching toward the downspouts. Either way the extra holes are a no-no. Find and fix the real problem and hopefully that won't be too big of a job.


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