Your gutter system prevents rainwater from damaging your roofing system, siding, foundation and landscaping. Downspouts are pipe-like components connected to your gutters and you can find them along the sides of your home. They divert water at a safe distance away from your home.
Read on to find out how you can tell if your downspouts are working efficiently.
Are Your Downspouts Working Properly?
While gutters and downspouts are essential parts of the house, many homeowners tend to overlook them. One way to find out if your downspouts are working properly is to check the siding near the foundation for damp stains. Look for standing water near the downspouts in your yard or if there is efflorescence or mold on your entrance walkways. Is there also a downspout outlet installed near your home.
If you see these signs, it means that your gutters and downspouts may not be doing their job efficiently. You may want to have it checked by a professional. By addressing problems with your gutter system immediately, you can save on home and roof repair costs.
What Will Happen If Your Downspouts Are Inefficient?
Downspouts clogged with leaves, twigs and other debris will cause your gutters to overflow. They won’t redirect rainwater efficiently as well. When your downspouts are not long enough, rainwater will be diverted too close to your home, risking your foundation of damage. If there are not enough downspout pieces the entire system might collapse during a heavy rainstorm due to the lack of support. Moreover, poor downspout placement and the lack of accessories, such as splash blocks or downspout extensions can cause erosion or flooding in your landscaping.
At Universal Roofing & Exteriors, you can count on us for quality gutter installation services. We also offer drone roof inspections. Call us at (317) 257-0779 or fill out our contact form to get a free estimate. We serve clients in Indianapolis, Fishers, and Zionsville, IN.