Gutters and downspouts are responsible for keeping rainwater and melting snow away from your home. With proper placement, your downspouts can have a pretty significant and unpleasant impact on your residential property. Here’s a guide on downspout placement and why it matters.
How Does Improper Downspout Placement Affect Your Home?
If your downspouts do not divert water away from your property, it collects near your home. It can also waterlog the plants and shrubs of your landscape and leave stagnant water that breeds mosquitoes. Water can also leak into your basement, resulting in mold growth and wall cracks, and causing severe structural damage. Overall, it is crucial to install your downspouts correctly because it will prevent water-related damage that costs thousands of dollars to repair.
Where Should You Place Your Downspouts?
There should be one downspout for every 20 to 30 linear feet of gutters. Gutters and downspouts must be installed with the roof’s pitch in mind to allow water to flow away from your house continuously instead of backing up underneath the shingles or creating standing water issues.
It is also necessary to take the layout of your home into account when placing the downspouts. In order to avoid leaks and floods, downspouts should not be installed near basement windows or crawl spaces. Moreover, any pavers near the downspouts must be pitched away from any of the exterior walls to prevent water from backing up.
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