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Gutters basically collect rainwater and ensure it is carried off away from your home and foundation. Without gutters and downspouts doing their job, your home and your foundation will likely be susceptible to water damage. In this post, Infinity Home Improvement shares more information on how gutters and downspouts work.

Where Should Water Runoff Go?

There are different methods that you can use to direct water away from home and into a drain or a safer area in your yard. Below are some of the most common water delivery options used in various homes:

  1. Drainage Pit – This is typically built in the garden — around three feet deep, three feet wide and three feet long. It is best used for collecting large amounts of water without affecting your home’s curb appeal.

  2. Rain Barrel – If you’re keen on using the collected rainwater for other purposes (such as for gardening or cleaning during the dry season), you might want to opt for a rain barrel. This can be installed underground or aboveground, but make sure that the downspout has a diverter so that water can be safely delivered to the barrel.

  3. Rainwater Collection System – It’s usually composed of tanks that are linked to a filter and a pump, which enables water to be pumped out whenever you need it. This is often used as an alternative to underground tanks.

Are Your Downspouts Working Properly?

One of the most obvious signs that your downspouts aren’t working properly is when your gutters are overflowing. This often happens when leaves, small branches and other debris build up in the gutters and eventually cause clogging. You can keep dirt and debris from entering your gutters by installing the best gutter guard system.

One of the most obvious signs that your downspouts aren’t working properly is when your gutters are overflowing. This often happens when leaves, small branches and other debris builds up in the gutters and eventually cause clogging. You can keep dirt and debris from entering your gutters by installing the best gutter guard system available.

Other signs that you have failing downspouts include water near your home’s foundation as well as erosion and flooding in your garden. For the latter, ensure that the rainwater drains are not too close to your home and the downspouts are long enough to carry the water away from the foundation.

Infinity Home Improvement is known for providing the best gutter guard system. The company has been in business for a couple of decades, and it’s one of the most trusted contractors by local customers. Call us at (800) 824-3772 or fill out our contact form to request a free quote. We serve homeowners in Wyoming, Michigan.