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Downspout Maintenance

The downspouts are undoubtedly an integral part of the gutter system in anyone’s home. They redirect the water collected by gutters and prevent them from seeping through the soffits and fascia boards. Having a downspout working properly will save the house from being soaked and be weak at its very foundation. We all know that once the ground just below the house gets soaked, soil erosion starts and will slowly “bring the house down.” The downspouts that one needs depends on the amount of water that’s expected to be received by the gutter on a regular basis, and also the type that will work perfectly – metal or vinyl. Though it’s the gutters that usually get all the attention, your trusty downspouts deserve some loving too.

Whenever you’re doing some gutter cleaning, make some downspout maintenance too:

Fascia Boards. Always make sure that the fascia boards are securely attached to provide a sturdy base for your drainage system. Replace any damaged or rotten parts immediately to prevent further damage.

Downspout Sections. The connected parts of the downspout should always be securely attached. The tapered ends should be in good condition and as much as possible be fastened with screws. Anchor straps should be securely attached to the wall as well.

Debris. The downspout needs to be cleared of debris all the time. A plumber’s snake can get the job done, especially for the hard to reach parts. A pressurized hose is an excellent tool for flushing it out. The best time for cleaning is when autumn comes, as there will be a lot of leaves and twigs falling. Over time, these debris break down and form a layer of muck which can accumulate into a cause of clogging. Gutter guards will help a lot in minimizing these debris so don’t hesitate to look for the right type for your roof.

Elbows. These are attachments in downspouts which enable redirection of water. Always make sure that it’s attached properly to prevent leaks.

Water runoff. When water comes out of the downspout, splash blocks are a good addition to make sure that the water is directed away from the house. Downspout extenders also do the trick to make sure no water comes through the house foundation and cause soil erosion.

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The Gutter Elbows

When installing a gutter system for your home, one has to make sure that all the important parts are complete. There shouldn’t be anything that’s to be simply left out, as every part plays an important role. One of them is the downspout elbow. A downspout elbow is installed to (obviously) downspouts, and change the latter’s direction on a certain angle, i.e. 45 degrees. It redirects water flow that the gutters receive and takes it away as far as possible from the house.

One can’t just simply install the gutters and slap on the downspouts and let it flow straight down – it defeats the gutter’s purpose. Water going straight down to the ground where the house foundations are located is not a good scenario. Water soaking up the ground will weaken the foundation – it’ll not make your house crumble down at an instant, but it’ll slowly take damage over time. That’s not good and it’ll never be. Repair costs when it comes to major house damage isn’t an easy hurdle to jump on, especially the rise in prices today. As others would say, “prevention is better than cure.”

Aside from clogged gutters, an improper downspout placement will also mean trouble. Placing the appropriate downspout and especially a downspout elbow will keep your house puddle-free. A recommended set up is aside from the downspout elbow, another straight downspout piece is installed to divert the water farther from the house. This is really helpful in a sloped house and will absolutely keep the water away.

Gutter elbows are offered as a set or in pieces by suppliers, and it’s always best to get a gutter elbow that’s from the same brand as the downspout so you won’t have any problems in getting the exact size. It’s also good to have different directions of downspout elbows so you can change the direction of the water whenever you want. There are specific kinds of gutter elbows that are only built for the bottom of the downspout and at the top, so be familiar with that as well.

Your Gutter System Will Need…

In terms of keeping the house clean, anyone will consider on investing some money. Anyone would want to keep their house spic and span and a nice place to live in. The gutters are one of the most important part of the house that needs to be well-maintained to prevent any damage to the roof. The gutter regulates the flow of water, debris and other materials that your roof will have.

Here are the essential materials that you’ll need for the gutter system that you might consider be investing in, or be installed from a licensed professional:

Fascia Boards. These are the boards placed right below the edges of the roof. This is where the gutter is to be installed. Make sure that it’s in good condition and have it replaced if it’s not. You wouldn’t want to see your brand new gutter fall down to the ground, don’t you?

Gutter Spikes. This make the gutter shape consistent and maintains the width. It’s important that it’s included in the installation as this keeps the gutter fastened to the roof, thus making it secure.

Elbows/Mitres. It controls the direction of the water coming from the downspout. It’s not an “ordinary” part though. It diverts the water from the downspout to a certain angle (45 degrees) to make sure that the water flows away from your home. Mitres alters the direction of the gutter. It’s best to have a spare elbow for the downspout and also a spare that goes to another direction if the situation calls for it.

Downspouts. A gutter system won’t be called one if it doesn’t have downspouts installed. Having no downspouts will pretty much ruin your day, and give your house walls that “splashed-on” look. It directs the water straight down to the elbows, so it’s best to always check these too for any leaks or holes to make sure it’s working fine.

Gutter Guard/Cover. For best performance of your gutter system, having a gutter cover/guard helps you out in making sure that cleaning your gutter will be minimal. They prevent your gutters from getting clogged. There are a lot of things to consider on the type of gutter cover you’ll purchase. The usual weather conditions, surrounding trees, and the usual debris that falls or brought to your roof by the wind. Take your budget into consideration and the amount of maintenance that you can do to it.

These are the materials needed for the gutter system that you’re planning to make, consider the things mentioned and you’re good to go.