Gutters & Downspouts: Why You Need Them & How to Maintain Them
Gutters and downspouts are an important part of the drainage system that whisks water away from your home and out to street drains. If your home is lacking them, they’re deteriorating, or not placed in the proper location on your home, they can become problematic to the foundation of your home, making water intrusion even more likely.
Gutters that are properly installed collect the water falling from your roof and direct it away from the home and it’s foundation. Your gutters should slope downwards and be firmly attached to your home. There are various materials that they including aluminum, steel or copper, and can be made up of multiple sectioned pieces or one long seamless piece to create the troughs. If sectioned gutters are used, make sure the seams are sealed well so that water can't leak through. Leaking gutters are an issue because the water drops land close to the foundation which can create serious structural issues.
Downspout size and placement are also integral components of keeping your home dry and foundation sturdy. They should be large enough for a tennis ball to drop down right through the gutter, this will ensure that if a torrential downpour should occur, the water will flow right trough and not back up onto the roof. It is important to mention that your downspouts should be directed a minimum of 5 feet away from your home. They should flow onto a hard surface, such as concrete or plastic diverters that direct the water to the street so your yard doesn’t become the waters final stop.
Keeping your gutter and downspouts clear of debris is a very important part of keeping them in good, working condition. This can be done by contacting a professional gutter cleaning service and should be happening annually or more often depending on how many trees you have near your home. To keep them looking clean and complimentary to your home, be sure to wipe them down annually as well, dirt, pollen, and pollutants are attracted to the droplets of dew that form on the lip of rain gutters. When the droplets are big enough they roll over the front of the gutter in streams. These streams deposit the grime and form streaks on your gutters better known as Tiger Striping. This can be removed by wiping the dirt away, or by use of specialty cleaning solutions.
If your home lacks gutters or your current gutters are ready for replacement, we urge you to give our office a call today! Our expert estimators will come to your home, diagnose any gutter issues and provide you with a FREE ESTIMATE to get you on the road to replacing them, helping to improve drainage and boost curb appeal!