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Gutter System Tips for Protecting Home Foundations

Gutter System TipsHomes experience them almost every year: spring storms, flash floods and rapid downpours that transform homeowners’ yards into massive puddles and causing foundations to crack.

A mix of rain and snow from a spring storm will affect different parts of our house. Proper gutter downspout drainage systems helps drain water away from homes and protect foundations from excess water issues.

Advanced Foundation Repair, a Texas Foundation Repair company, recently released an educational video (Watch the Tips on Gutter Downspout Drainage Systems video) that walk homeowners through gutter downspout drainage system how-to’s and tips.

For new downspouts or existing ones, follow these tips to for best results.

Determine how much guttering is needed.

  • Get the facts: Calculate the roof area – length (peak to eave) multiplied by the width.
  • Take Some Notes: Make special note of places where valleys are created by two meeting roof    areas.
  • Do the Math: Divide the roof area by the rain fall intensity.
  • Talk to an Expert: Gutter experts or local hardware stores can help.

The goal is to move the water away from the foundation.

  • Guide It: Make certain that the downspouts have curved sections called diverters at the end and the downspouts discharge onto splash blocks.
  • Beware: Do not connect gutters and downspouts to French drains. Already have gutters and downspouts? Here are a few tips to keep them flowing.
  • Let it flow: Check gutters and downspouts for debris. Remove leaves, branches and debris.
  • Cover Up: Place mesh over gutter to prevent future debris from accumulating.
  • Give it a Wiggle: Check that all the downspout and gutter pieces are still firmly attached to each other and anchored to the house.
  • Check for Leaks: While flushing debris out of the gutters and downspouts, watch for any leaks between sections.

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You can visit us online for gutters in Greenville.

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