There are many things you can do to prevent moisture and flooding in your home, but one of the best things you can do is improve drainage by inspecting and fixing your gutters. Fixing your gutter leaks and other related issues will also prevent water from running down the side of your house, which causes wood rot and foundation erosion.
Gutters last, on average, 25 to 30 years. If your gutters are older than that, you’ll be better off replacing them. Even if your gutters are in good shape, there may be still some things you want to improve, such as splashing, dripping, and leaks. Take a look at these 6 common problems with gutters and the gutter repairs that remedy them.
Typical downspout extenders either get in the way or don’t work. We recommend installing your downspout extender on a hinge so you can easily move it out of the way if necessary. You can do this by using a Zip Hinge to connect your downspout extender. Installation is fairly simple: 1) Cut your downspout at a 45-degree angle with a hacksaw or metal shears (be very careful!). 2) Attach the Zip Hinge with 8 screws. 3) Spray paint the Zip Hinge to match your gutter color.
For more information on improving drainage and water runoff around your home, read our blog on 10 Gutter and Downspout Runoff Drainage Tips.
Since the weather is warming up, now’s a great time to accomplish some of your outdoor maintenance tasks, such as cleaning your gutters and making any necessary repairs.
If you suspect a flooding scenario, turn off the electrical panel, call your insurance company, and never reenter your home until an official has deemed it safe to do so. Click here to read more flood safety tips from the National Flood Insurance Program.