Your gutter system channels water away from your home. A clogged, sagging, or leaky system can cause extensive damage to your siding, foundation, or landscaping. It can also be a key contributor to a wet basement.
- Use downspout strainers to prevent debris from collecting in the downspouts, where it is much harder to remove.
- A splash block placed at the bottom of each downspout will help prevent foundation erosion by directing the water away from the house.
- Regular inspections, maintenance, and minor roof repairs can minimize the threat of damage to your home due to roof failure. It is a good idea to familiarize yourself with signs of shingle wear, in the form of buckled, curled, or cupped shingles. Gravel in the downspout or gutter system is also a sign that your roof is getting old.
- Gutters and downspouts should be thoroughly checked at least twice per year.
- The best time to inspect gutters and downspouts is during heavy rain.
- Water should not flow over the top of the gutters
- Water should not lead at the seams or other places.
- Gutters should not sag.
- Downspouts should not leak or be blocked.