Let’s face it, gutters and downspouts aren’t the most glamorous topic on earth, but they are an essential component to avoiding foundation problems. They protect the exterior of your home from moisture and keep it from getting underneath your foundation. Excess water can damage wood, siding, brick, most landscaping and ultimately, your foundation.
But just because you have them doesn’t mean they’re performing optimally or even properly installed. Proper maintenance is key to getting the most out of your gutter and downspout drainage system, so make a habit of inspecting your gutters and downspouts at least twice a year, when the seasons change from hot to cold.
Gutters and downspouts should remain free from debris, so keep them clean. If you notice standing water in your gutter you likely need to reposition it to promote a constant flowing stream, otherwise it will be susceptible to rust.
Olshan Man Tip: Consider using aluminum gutters. Aluminum gutters fight rust, they’re durable, and they come in a variety of colors.
If installed correctly, water should runoff at least 5 feet away from the foundation of your home. If not, consider installing downspout extensions. Running water away from the base of your foundation will make a big difference by helping to prevent foundation cracks and wet basement problems.
Olshan Man Tip: Gutters can also help you save money on your energy bills by preventing the walls and foundation of your home from becoming water logged.
With hurricane season in full swing it’s a good idea to make sure your gutters and downspouts are in tip-top-shape, before the heavy rain and wind send debris flying through the air.
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