A drainage system is installed around your home's exterior, from the roof to the landscaping around its foundation. With the right type and well maintained drainage, your home will be protected from interior water leaks and foundation moisture problems. Here are two ways to maintain your home's drainage to help keep your home protected in this manner.
Clean Out Gutters
Your home's roof gutters, when installed properly, will catch and divert rain runoff from your roof top and deliver it down to the ground around your home. Wind and storms can send debris onto your home's roof and cause it to end up in your gutters. Leaves, twigs, pine needles, and other debris can flow into the gutters and clog them. If you don't take time to clear your gutters of this build-up of debris, they can begin to not work properly and cause roof water runoff to spill over the clogged gutters and fall directly onto the soil around your home's foundation, leading to foundation moisture leaks.
It is recommended to clean out your home's roof gutters periodically, especially if you have trees in your yard that may drop excess leaves or pine needles into the gutters. Safely get upon your roof during dry weather and scrape out the gutters with a garden trowel. You can also rinse them clean from your rooftop with a pressure washer or your garden hose with a nozzle spray attachment. If you are unable to get upon your roof to clean your gutters, hire a gutter professional to clean them for you.
As the water runs from the roof and through your roof's gutters, the drainage system continues down the exterior of your home and away from your foundation to keep it dry. A properly installed roof drainage system should include a downspout and a downspout diverter installed at the soil level. A diverter prevents the flow of rainwater from eroding into the soil and seeping down around the exterior of your basement or foundation.
Some diverters can route roof gutter water several feet away to over ten feet away from your home. You can buy a diverter at most home improvement stores and attach it to the bottom of your home's downspout. Or you can install a rain barrel at the end of your downspout to collect water or divert collected rainwater into an underground collection well to disperse the water into your landscaping.
Whichever type of diverter you choose, make sure you have one installed and clean your gutters periodically. For more tips, talk to professionals like Mr.Gutter, LLC.