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Home gutters during heavy rain

Rain and snow can cause serious water damage to your home if you aren’t careful about monitoring drainage around your home. Draining water can harm your home by collecting in your crawl space. Maintain your home and prevent water damage with these tips for your downspouts.

Clean Your Gutters

It is important to remember to have the gutters along your roof cleaned at least twice a year. The simplest way is to hire a cleaning service to handle the disgusting gutters for you. While DIYers might save a penny by climbing a ladder and cleaning the gutters by hand.

If you neglect to clean your gutters, it can cause catastrophic water damage to your home. When downspouts become clogged, the water will build up on your roof causing water leaks in your ceilings or damaging your home’s foundation. This is especially damaging in hurricane-prone areas.

Redirect Downspouts Away from Home

Keeping your gutters clean is only the first step to protecting your home from water damage, but an improperly placed downspout could spell even bigger trouble for your home.

If a downspout is placed too close to the home, the draining water could head straight for the crawl space. Improper drainage into your crawl space could cause mold to grow, critters to call it home, or worse a flood.

A flood brewing in your crawl space could cause incredibly dangerous structural damage to your home. Avoid expensive repair bills by preventing water damage in the first place.

Protect your home by purchasing downspout extenders to redirect water ten to fifteen feet away from your home. This prevents water from entering your crawl space or seeping into the ground too close to your home.

Get Professional Crawl Space Help

If you’re concerned about the safety of your home and the condition of your crawl space, get professional help. Charles Moon Plumbing can provide expert crawl space encapsulation services to protect your home from water damage, but it can’t stop a flood.

Keep your gutters clean and redirect downspouts as the first line of defense. For more information on protecting your home from rain and snow, contact us or call Charles Moon at 302-732-3555.

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