Gutters have a direct impact on your lawn and yard. How the water is diverted away from your yard is extremely important.
You most likely have an array of tools in your garage dedicated to keeping your yard maintained and beautiful. One of the most important devices though is actually already attached to your home. We know a lawn thrives when watered, but not when the entire contents of a thunderstorm are deposited into one area. In order to properly distribute rainfall away from your home, ask your local gutter company to make a house call and help you explore where the faults in your system lie.
Maintaining The Downspouts
If you keep diversion devices at the bottom of your downspouts, it is important that they too be kept free of debris. A water pool is a breeding ground for many insects, especially mosquitoes. If your yard is not sloped enough for the water to flow freely, talk to your gutter company about installing extensions. These will help divert the water further from the home and distribute it without causing a pool to form.
The Bigger Issue of Erosion
An even bigger issue that a homeowner may face is erosion. Soil can be gradually worn away from the force of water. If not diverted, a hole could form underneath a downspout allowing water to make its way to your homes foundation. If you notice that erosion is starting to affect the appearance of your yard, ask a gutter expert what the best remedy is. You may need to look at the design of your existing gutter system to see if installing more downspouts in other spots will help alleviate the erosion.
If there is water pooling around your house, or you notice soil erosion, then there is a high likelihood that water is leaking into your home. Water is the biggest threat to a homes structure. If you suspect that flaws in your gutter system are not sufficiently trafficking the flow of water away from your home, than you must have a gutter installation expert out to your house as soon as possible.
Installing Leaf Guards
Besides just offering checking the flow of water to your yard, a gutter company can inspect your existing system to see if any improvements could be made towards it performance. If you do not already have a leaf guard, they might recommend that you install a leaf shelter over your existing gutters. These allow rainwater to pass freely into the gutter while keeping leaves and other debris out.
What is left sitting on top of the shelter will be blown to the ground by wind. An erosion problem could be caused by one or more of your downspouts consistently being clogged by debris. Excessive water will then be diverted to another causing an unusually high amount of drainage in just one area. Your gutter installation company will help you determine if this is a viable solution to your problem.
Protecting your home and yard from water damage is an essential part of being a responsible homeowner. The damage caused by water can be expensive to fix. Do not rely on yourself when dealing with such a serious home maintenance project. Rely on Scott-Lee Guttering Company to help you keep your home waterproof. Call us today at (314) 756-9440.