If water is not coming out of your downspouts or it is pouring out over the gutters you may have a clogged downspout.
If you do have a clogged downspout, place a hose in the opening at the top of the downspout and use the water’s pressure to loosen the clog.
When the clog breaks up, water will gush out of the base of the downspout.
If water pools against your foundation it’s only a matter of time before it finds its way into the house.
Ground erosion can undermine a home’s foundation and cause structural damage, undermine walks and driveways, and create safety hazards. To avoid issues such as erosion and flooding around the base of your home and in your flower beds, place splash blocks at the base of your downspouts to direct water away from the home and flood areas.
If there is still an issue you may need to re-grade around the area at the base of your downspouts.
- To do this remove any mulch before digging.
- A small area should only need a vertical drop of about half an inch per foot.
- Once you’ve moved enough of the soil tamp it down well to make sure it stays in place.
- Then you can add back the covering mulch.
Checking the gutters is something that every homeowner should do on a regular basis.
Keeping on top of the condition of the gutter system, and making needed repairs as soon as a problem is detected, is one of the best ways to keep your important investment protected. The best way to determine if your gutters are performing well is to watch them while a rainstorm is actually occurring. Go outside during the heavy rainfall and watch to see that no water is overflowing out the sides of the rain gutters. You should be able to immediately see trouble spots if water is coming over the top of the gutter and splashing down on the ground below. This can lead to serious erosion of foundations and house siding if not dealt with.
If you do notice a leak that needs attention before your next maintenance visit, you can purchase a sealant at a home improvement store specifically for gutters.
- To begin, clean gutter out and make sure it is dry before continuing.
- Most leaks occur at a joint and can be easily repaired.
- Use gutter caulk to fill small holes and seal minor leaks.
- Usually made with a butyl-rubber base, gutter caulk is resistant to the elements and flexes without losing its seal.
- Rubber tape or self-adhesive tape can also be used.
- The patches should be placed a few inches on either side of the leak area.
- Use a gutter patching kit for temporary repairs to gutters with larger minor damage.
Gutter Solutions is now providing our water management services to a larger area of northern Florida and southern Georgia.
With offices in Tallahassee and Jacksonville, we are now able to provide the water management services to a much larger area of people.
Whether you need help or more information about gutter installation, gutter maintenance, underground drainage systems, or waterproofing, contact Gutter Solutions for your water management needs.
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