While the world is in quarantine and most businesses have closed, people are searching for things to do around the house. It may not be fun to clean or maintain your home but it’s essential for keeping it in great shape and avoiding large problems and larger repair bills down the line. One of the best things you can do with this time is to check your gutters and downspouts around your home.
Be sure to clean out all of the leaves and gunk so water can flow properly through them. Clogs and blockages can force water out sides or even produce extra weight on your gutter system and cause them to split and droop. The water that is forced down your walls due to this issue can cause moisture to creep behind siding and cause mildew or mold to grow – a serious health concern and something that can weaken your wall structure. This water is also no longer pushed away from the home and can cause massive moisture problems for those with finished basements. Bad drainage causes bulk water intrusion which tends to cause a massive repair to be needed.
Another way to help prevent water from damaging your siding or basement is by making sure you have long enough downspouts. Downspouts are usually 5 feet away from the structure but, for those who have finished basements, consider extending that downspout longer to keep the water away. Longer downspouts will save you big time in the end.
Aside from bad drainage, bad sloping can cause issues as well. Make sure that the soil around your home is sloping at least 6 inches over 10 feet to keep that water out of your finished basement! If you live in a colder climate, it’s always a great idea to run a dehumidifier from spring to fall to reduce the risk for moisture issues even further.