Water = The Enemy
Unfortunately, Mill Creek, Washington gets a lot of water. Here's what to do.
Water can be harmful to your home's structure. Any rain or snow that falls on your roof is your home's worst enemy, and it should be removed as quickly as possible to prevent damage. Water that has accumulated on the roof or in the foundation of your home can quickly seep into the structure of your home and cause significant damage.
It is the first step in creating a joyful environment in your home to keep water from damaging it. Roofs that are properly angled, gutters that are large enough and downspout extensions are all that are required for effective surface drainage.
The roof is the first step in preventing runoff water from entering the building. It should be positioned at an angle that is acceptable for the environment in which it will be used. Because falling snow can readily slide off a higher pitched roof in locations where there is more snowfall, higher pitched roofs are typical in these areas. In locations where there is a lot of rainfall, it is critical that roofs are sloped in such a way that rainwater may flow into the gutters without getting stuck. This will prevent water from gathering on the roof and causing it to deteriorate over time. Most residences in North America are not flat, therefore it is more difficult to eliminate runoff water when the ground is not level.
Runoff water from your roof is directed into gutters that are affixed to the roof's perimeter. It is critical that gutters be large enough to accommodate all runoff water when there is more frequent and heavier rains. If your gutters are too small, water will splash over the sides of your home and still have the potential to do harm.
Gutter cleaning and inspection should be performed on a regular basis. The caulking should be applied to any leaks, and any debris obstructing the gutters should be removed. Despite the fact that it is a time-consuming task, it will save you the heartache that comes with significant damage that could potentially destroy your property.
The downspouts are the vertical plumbing that connects the gutters to the ground. Downspouts create a channel for runoff water to go through in order to reach the earth. In the same way that your gutters are important, they should be designed adequately so that all water can be collected without spilling and cleaned and checked for leaks on a regular basis. Downspouts are typically installed to the corners of a home to direct water away from the structure. When it comes to surface drainage, it is typical to have a curved connection at the end to divert the water away from the foundation. It is not enough, however, to keep water from pouring into your basement and damaging the foundation of your home.
As a result, downspout extensions are necessary. Downspout extensions are simple pieces of hardware that attach to the bottom of downspouts. They extend a few feet away from your property and catch runoff water before diverting it to a safe location. A properly installed downspout extension will also spread the pressure of draining water, preventing it from striking the ground with great force.
Do your gutters need attention? Give us a call today, we’ll be happy to help.