Your gutter system is essential in terms of redirecting excess precipitation from your home. Gutters collect rainwater and snowmelt from your roof, and downspouts and drains ensure that this moisture is redirected to an appropriate spot. Things like gutter cleaning and downspout repair are crucial in maintaining this system, and the effects of a poorly-functioning gutter system are dire. Effective downspouts are a critical consideration for residential irrigation maintenance, and a few common signs can indicate problems with your gutters or downspouts.
The Importance of Effective Downspouts in Residential Irrigation Maintenance
When downspouts are poorly designed, installed, or maintained, excessive amounts of water can sit near a home’s foundation. This can result in damage to concrete foundations, flooded basements and crawl spaces, and increased moisture levels in the soil. Soggy soil isn’t healthy for plants, and it’s terrible for houses, too; excessive soil moisture can cause a house to settle unevenly, sometimes resulting in cracked walls or uneven floors. Assessing your downspouts and drains should be a part of your residential irrigation maintenance routine, particularly as the weather gets colder and wetter.
Signs of Clogged Downspouts
Clogged gutters and downspouts are often caused by the same culprits: leaves, twigs, and other miscellaneous debris from animals and roofing material. Routine gutter cleaning can help mitigate the effects of blockages in the system, and homeowners should watch for common signs of clogs. Overflowing gutters (i.e., when water flows over the side of the channels instead of going into the downspouts) can indicate a clog, though exceptionally heavy rainfall can also be the cause. On the other hand, a weak stream of rainwater flowing out of your downspouts can be a sign that a blockage is causing a bottleneck. Leaking seams and joints are another telltale sign that something is wrong with your downspouts. Clogs in downspouts can put pressure on joints, dislodging sealants and creating leaks at the seams.
Are Your Downspouts Too Narrow? Where Do They Drain?
Even clear downspouts can cause issues if they are not designed well. Your home’s downspouts should be wide enough to accommodate precipitation based on your roof’s square footage and angle. The strongest recorded rainfall in your area will also play a role in gutter and downspout design. Finally, effective downspouts should release and redirect water in an appropriate location. Downspouts should face away from a home’s foundation, and some properties may require underground downspout drain systems to ensure that rainfall is distributed properly.
Choose Sposato Irrigation
Sposato Irrigation is uniquely positioned to offer high-quality, affordable, and reliable irrigation services to homeowners and business owners in Sussex County, Milton, Lewes, Rehoboth Beach, Bethany Beach, Fenwick Island, Ocean View, Millsboro, Dagsboro, and Ocean City, MD. Thanks to our expertise, innovation and decades of professional experience, we can meet the needs of large properties and small gardens. To learn more about our irrigation installation, LED landscape lighting, and commercial irrigation maintenance services, contact us today. We can be reached at 302-645-4773. Also, check us out on Facebook and Twitter.