We all know that preventing water damage is the easiest way to solve it. Just like the adage “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure”, making sure your downspouts are installed, maintained, and working correctly is worth infinitely more to you than waiting to fix things downstream with the repairs that will inevitably be required if your downspouts have not been doing their job correctly. And what “cures” do poorly installed and poorly maintained downspouts require? Foundation fixes, un-bogging basements, and mucking out overly moist soil around your home – to name a few.
- Installation- Installing gutters and downspouts correctly involves more skills than you might imagine. The grading of gutters and downspouts and especially connections around corners will affect how water and debris are able to drain through this protective system and away from your home – or not. Using experts and expertly chosen gutter and downspout building materials – such as those services and materials available to you through Quality Home Solutions – is critical.
- Maintenance & Monitoring Function- After you have had a great gutter system installed, you can’t just forget about it. Set up a home maintenance plan that includes at least annual gutter and downspout inspections for protecting your home. A good time to double-check for and clean out debris and clogs is at the change of the seasons. During inclement weather is the best time to check for overflowing water, such as water gushing out of the gutters and down your home. (Basically, check for water drainage following any path that could cause erosion or flooding to your home or areas near your home.) Another, possibly counterintuitive, observation that is helpful is to see if it seems like less water is running off of your roof than you expect. (You might need a little help from us with this one, but keeping a weather eye out is the best way to prevent a downpour of surprises from your downspouts down the road.) And, most obviously, if debris is flowing from your downspout, you’ll want to inspect things to see if you can clean out debris before any clogs get nasty.