Downspout Extensions: Why They Are Important for Your Home
October 03, 2017
It is no secret that rain gutters play a very important role in protecting your house. Even if you already have regular or custom rain gutters
, there is another accessory that you need in order to safeguard your home from water damage: downspout extensions.
You may not have heard of downspouts or downspout extensions, but you need both of them if you want to ensure that your home is protected. Downspouts can be a very important tool for preventing water damage. A properly working drainage system is essential to avoiding moisture and corrosion in your home, which is why you need downspouts and downspout extensions.
As you may already know, rainwater accumulates on your house's roof and runs down into your gutters, which collect the water and drain it away from your home's foundation. Downspouts help gutters do this. They are channels or pipes that are connected to gutters and installed along the sides of your house to redirect rainwater and safely lead it to a drainage area. Downspout extensions, on the other hand, help downspouts redirect or drain water to a specific place, preferably away from your home's foundation.
Downspouts can protect your basement from flooding during a rainstorm. They also can prevent rainwater from accumulating on your rooftop, which may keep you from spending a lot of money to fix structural damages to your house. In other words, you will avoid future headaches. The structural integrity of your home and your family's safety is always of the utmost importance.
Additionally, if you have a proper drainage system with downspouts, it may not only help you prevent water from damaging your home's foundation, it also can protect your plant beds. Since there are many types of downspouts to choose from, you also can purchase ones that match your home.
Having quality downspouts is as vital as having a well-maintained gutter system. If you live in a rainy climate, they can play a critical role in protecting your home. Downspout extensions allow rainwater to drain in a controlled manner instead of having water splashing everywhere and getting into places where it can cause problems and do damage like mold and mildew growth.
If you decide to get downspout extensions, you cannot simply ignore them once they are installed. They are an essential part of your home's drainage system, and, as such, rain gutters and downspouts need to be properly maintained to ensure that they are in good working order. However, homeowners frequently overlook their downspouts, and that is how they can start to cause water-related structural damage to your home.
- Downspout extensions can help your rain gutters and downspouts protect your house. However, homeowners who like do-it-yourself projects should think twice before installing rain gutters or downspouts. It is harder than it looks to install gutters, downspouts, and even downspout extensions, as there are very specific steps that anyone, including professionals, need to take in order to do the job right.
- Downspout extensions must be properly installed for you to reap their benefits. When they are not properly positioned, they can cause damage, including overflowing gutters. The same thing can happen if you install downspout extensions too close to your house. Over time, water can gradually get into places it shouldn't. Rainwater can damage soffit and fascia boards, causing landscape erosion, basement flooding, and even structural damage. If these problems are not fixed on time, water also can get under your roofline and damage your entire roof. That is why your best option is to hire professionals. Do not put your home at risk.
Remember that rain is not always your best friend when it comes to protecting your home and your roof. You should regularly check your gutters and downspouts. If you don't, they may become clogged and damage your home. However, we do not recommend cleaning them by yourself. You should hire professionals to properly clean your downspouts and gutters for you.
There are also some steps that you can take to protect downspout extensions. One thing that you can do is use gutter guards to ensure that your downspout extensions don't clog. Although this is optional, we highly recommend it because we believe that you should do everything that you can to prevent water damage.
If you would like your home to be well protected from rainy season, keep in mind that downspout extensions are vital. At Rain Gutters Solution, we have over 20 years of experience installing rain gutters, downspouts, and downspout extensions at prices that can meet any budget. Contact us by calling (305) 270-7779
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