How to Improve Gutter Drainage

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The gutter system currently installed on your home is free of holes, cracks, gaps, and is in perfect condition. But why is the property around your house still flooding? In this case, you’ll need to add some things to improve your gutter system’s drainage.

Additional Downspout
When your gutter downspout ends at the base of your house, the water will drain directly into the ground. This can cause flooding during heavy rainfall which can lead to a damaged foundation and flooding in the crawlspace or basement. Extend your drainage system by extending the downspout by a few extra feet.

Splash Block
If your property experiences a lot of foot traffic or landscaping, an extended downspout can sometimes be a hassle to avoid. Instead, add a splash block underneath your current downspout. Water will fall onto the splash block and be directed away from the house without wearing down the terrain around the foundation.

Hinged Elbow
A hinged elbow downspout has the perks of an extended downspout, but it will fold up for when you need to move it out of the way. You can leave it down throughout the day and then when you need to move around in that area, just flip it up. This downspout extension is perfect for frequently used patios and lawns that need to be mowed.

Even with a brand new seamless gutter system, some attachments may be necessary for proper drainage. When you need your gutter system repaired or replaced, contact the expert installers at Preferred Exterior. To learn more, or to schedule a free estimate, give us a call at (516) 354-7252.

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