Ways to Prepare Your Gutters for Hurricane Rain

Hurricane season is upon us! With some of the most powerful storms, comes a preposterous amount of rainfall. To help prepare your home from leaking and your property from flooding, make sure you complete the appropriate gutter maintenance.

A close-up of a house's gutters during a rain

Clear Out the Clogs

When gutters are filled with leaves, sticks, nests, and debris, the flow of water will become blocked. Thus, water will begin to pool, which will cause roof leaks up top and flooding down below on the ground. Grab a pair of thick gloves and a ladder, and head up to the gutters for a clean out.

Make Sure It’s Seamless

When rainfall flows into the gutters, it will push its way toward the downspouts. Downspouts need to be as seamless as possible to prevent water from leaking out too close to the foundation of your home. Make sure there are no gaps, clogs, and that each downspout hasn’t been knocked loose or disconnected at any point.

Add Some Splash Blocks

Does your gutter system manage to channel rainfall from the roof to the ground without error? Well, congratulations, but where does the excess rainfall wind up? If water is draining at the base of your home, this can cause flooding that can lead to basement and foundation damage. Add splash blocks to divert the water away from the base of your home.

Hurricane season has the potential to deliver multiple hurricanes (and their massive amount of rainfall) to your front door — so you best be prepared! When your gutters aren’t getting the job done, 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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