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Don't Have A Rainwater Drainage System? Why You Should

A rainwater drainage system, also known as rain gutters, runs along the edge of your roof and leads to the downspout. There are many reasons why you should have rain gutters installed on your home, three of which are listed below.

Diverts Water

Rain gutters divert water away from you home when it rains. Without them, when it rains, the water that runs off your roof will go down the side of your home. This water pools next to the foundation of your home and soaks into the soil. Over time, the soil will start to swell and cause parts of your house to lift, which is known as heaving. If this happens, you will see holes and cracks in your foundation.  The water can also cause leaks in a basement or crawlspace leading to water damage and mold growth.

Directs Water

The rain gutters connect to a downspout. As the water flows through the gutters and into the downspout, it directs the water to another area, such as to a storm drain or other part of your yard that has good drainage. Downspouts are not very long so they can only direct water so far. You can, however, make them longer by using downspout extenders.

Waters Flowers

If you have a flower bed in your yard, you can direct the water to a rain barrel. This allows you to save money on your water bill, as you can use the water in the rain barrel to water your flowers. You can purchase rain barrels at garden centers or home improvement stores. If you want to save money, you can make a rain barrel yourself.  

Prevents Decay

Rain gutters keeps water away from the roof fascias, which run under the edge of the roof, and soffits, which are the materials connecting your roof overhang to the side of your home. Without the rain gutters, the fascias and soffits would start to rot over time, because the rain will find its way into the openings. This would result in expensive roof repairs.

If you have never installed gutters, you should hire a roofing contractor to install the rain gutters for you. They are generally made of PVC, which makes them lightweight, durable, and more affordable. Once you install the rain gutters, you need to make sure debris, such as leaves and sticks, does not clog them up. If this happens, the water will not drain properly. Keep an eye on the gutters, and if you see any clogs, you can clean them out using a garden hose.

Talk to a company like Allstate Gutter & Siding for more information.