The Rains Are Coming: 4 Reasons You Need To Extend The Reach Of Your Downspouts

If you have rain gutters on your home, you shouldn't ignore the downspouts. You might not realize this, but the downspouts may be the most important component of your gutter system. That's because the downspouts are responsible for directing water away from the foundation of your home. If you haven't adjusted your downspouts or added extensions, you need to take care of that before the rainy season arrives. Here are four problems you can avoid with the right adjustments and extensions on your gutters.

Flooding

If the flow of water from your gutters stops at the perimeter of your home, you could be at risk for flooding and water damage. This is particularly true if you a basement on your home.

For protection against flooding and water damage, your downspouts should release water several feet away from the foundation of your home. Otherwise, the water will drain right into your basement, which can result in water damage.

Soil Erosion

If your downspouts drain water near the foundation of your home, there's an increased risk of soil erosion. Unfortunately, soil erosion around your home isn't a minor problem.

Soil erosion can actually undermine the structural integrity of your foundation, and your home. That's because erosion removes the soil pack that holds your foundation firm. Once the soil is washed away, your foundation begins to sink, which will cause significant damage.

Mosquito Problems

If you have water draining from the downspouts and pooling around the perimeter of your home, you're going to have a mosquito problem as soon as the weather warms up. Mosquitoes lay their eggs in standing water, which means you'll have a mosquito hatchery right up against your home.

Unfortunately, once those eggs hatch, you'll have a massive infestation of mosquitoes around your home. Extending the downspouts away from your home and into an area with increased drainage will reduce your mosquito problems.

Mold and Algae Growth

If you live in an area that experiences an extended rainy season, and your downspouts are draining up against your home, you could be at risk for significant mold and algae growth. Unfortunately, mold and algae are more than just an unattractive nuisance.

Mold and algae can actually harm your home. Luckily, you can eliminate the problem by extending the length of your downspouts so that the water drains further away from your home.

Now that the rainy season is fast approaching, take steps to avoid the problems described above. For more information, contact a business such as Art's Custom Seamless Gutters  Inc.

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