into the gutter

into the gutter

slang Into a state of total waste, failure, or ruination. My father's company is spiraling into the gutter because of the way the incompetent new CEO is running things. My dad once threw our entire life savings into the gutter betting on horses one weekend. The director's reputation will head straight into the gutter once these allegations come to light.
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With surface-tension gutter guards, water clings to the rounded nose of the guard and flows into the gutter, while leaves and other debris fall off over the edge.
As a result, water flows readily through the foam filter insert, into the gutter valley and out the downspout to virtually eliminate overflows and the collection of stagnant water that can also attract breeding insects and feeding animals.
The combination of MicroVortex and HydroVortex technologies addresses issues of increasing importance to gutter-concerned homeowners, and results in a 25 percent increase in the volume of water which flows into the gutter and a tenfold increase in ability to self-clean the roof oils that leach from asphalt shingles.
Before Higginbotham, gutter guard gurus taught that a screen with more than 18 threads-per-inch might keep out more debris but would provide inefficient water permeability, causing water to flow on top of the screen rather than down through it and into the gutter.
A diverter will help direct the water back into the gutter where it belongs.
This approach creates a vacuum, pulling water into the gutter from practically any direction - including vertically.
The lip on the guards relies on surface tension to draw the water down into the gutter, while the solid covering deflects leaves and other debris that would otherwise drop in (photo above).
A gutter flashing or drip edge should direct water down into the gutter so it doesn't dribble backward into the soffit.