Gutters play a significant role in your home’s protection against water damage. They divert water safely away from your property, helping avoid early roof deterioration, landscaping erosion, foundation issues and basement flooding. An efficient gutter system can also help maintain your property’s curb appeal.
Here are some reasons to add downspout extensions to your gutter system.
Prevent Basement Flooding
If your water tends to pool around your home’s foundation, you will benefit from adding downspout extensions to your gutters. It’s the same for people living on sloping properties and bottoms of hills. Downspout extensions will give your home better protection against basement flooding. They will bring water at a safe distance from your home, especially during heavy rains.
Keep Water From Building Up Around Your Home
When your gutters fail to bring water away from your home, water will accumulate around it and place hydrostatic pressure against the foundation. Hydrostatic pressure refers to the force of water attempting to shift through the foundation. Over time, it will cause cracks in the foundation, allowing water to reach your basement. It can also saturate the soil, softening the ground and causing the foundation to settle.
Avoid Moisture-Related Issues
Excessive moisture can lead to issues like rot and poor indoor air quality. It can also encourage mold growth, putting your family’s health at risk. Mold releases spores that can trigger allergic reactions and asthma attacks. It can also create dark, unsightly stains on surfaces around your home. Fortunately, you can protect your house from structural damage and your loved ones by investing in high-quality downspout extensions.
Maintain Your Home’s Appeal
Your curb appeal can suffer if your landscaping has areas with puddles and standing water. With downspout extensions, rainwater will no longer reach places where it shouldn’t be. They can also keep rain from destroying your plants and flowerbeds, so your garden continues to flourish.
At Gutter Helmet® Systems of Alabama, we’re here to assist with your gutter protection system installations and home improvement projects. We are one of the area’s most trusted gutter guard companies. Call us at (866) 598-7525, or fill out our contact form to get a free quote. We work with clients in Chelsea, AL, and nearby communities.