When your drainage system at home doesn’t work effectively, this puts your home at risk for serious water damage. Even if you have a water pump, your home can still be affected badly if your gutters don’t work properly. Water may get into your basement. To avoid the risk of water buildup inside and around your home, make sure your roof runoff system is working properly. The system should divert the flow of water away from paved areas, away from your home, and toward storm drain systems. At Alamance Insulation and Gutters, we know how tricky it can be to make sure your gutter systems are working well. For any of your installation, repair, or maintenance needs, consider calling us today about your homes in the Greensboro, High Point, or Burlington, North Carolina areas.
There are a number of steps you can take to improve how well your gutter system works. Here are a few tips:
- Inspect and clean your gutters regularly. Some professionals recommend cleaning your gutters twice in the fall (when more leaves are falling) and once before the spring. Make sure you check and repair berms and ditches too. Check your gutter connections and repair any loose joints. Gutters should be replaced every 25 or so years, depending on several factors.
- Install gutter guards! This will help to prevent clogs and drains that may have been overflowing.
- Landscape your yard. This will help provide a more natural solution if you’re having drainage problems. If you have the time and resources to create a rain garden, this will help manage water runoff.
- Extend your downspouts. There are a few different ways to extend downspouts, but one way is to build your own downspout extender.
- Route the water elsewhere. Talk to your plumber or gutter expert and install a Sump Pump, which will direct water away from your home to a nearby storm drain or dry well.
- Improve your grading and slope. This will be a bit more costly, but you may need to look into hiring a professional to fix your grading and slope so that water can escape the area where your home is located.
- Check for low spots around your home. If you find any, fill them as soon as possible.
- Consider installing French Drain. This is a trench with sand or gravel that forces water to flow away from the home toward the grade.
- Think about changing impermeable surfaces on your property. This may also be a costly option, but if you change concrete into permeable pavers or gravel, this can help dramatically with water flow.
- Think about other rainwater collection solutions, like rain barrels, cisterns, or rain gardens.
Any of these tips should help with gutter and downspout drainage issues. But if you have questions or would rather rely on the expertise of a professional, consider Alamance Insulation and Gutters to do the job for you. We professionally install gutters, including seamless gutters and gutter guards, and we also do excellent repair, cleaning, and maintenance on your gutters at your home. Call us today!