Are Your Home’s Gutters Ready for Spring Storms

Detailed rendering of upper deck horizontally railed patio with pivoting-louvered pergola above

Gutters and downspouts perform the important task of directing running water where you want it to go. When rain falls on a roof without gutters, it simply cascades down the side of the house, pooling at the foundation where it’s likely to leak into your basement or cause foundation decay. In order for a gutter to work properly, a slow but steady drop toward the downspout opening must be maintained. Downspouts should then funnel water away from your home into an area of your lawn where it can be absorbed into the soil.

To protect your home and yard from storm damage, inspect and clean gutters and downspouts at least twice a year to make sure that they are in good condition. Your gutters may be clogged with debris such as old decayed leaves from the winter storms. To clean your gutters you will need a bucket, a rake or trowel, and a stiff-bristled brush. Caked-on dirt can be scooped out after being wetted by a garden hose, but if that doesn’t clear it, use a plumber’s snake to remove the clog. If gutters are loose, their pitch has changed, and that can cause water overflow and/or water getting trapped in your gutters. While you are cleaning your gutters and downspouts, inspect the fascia board to see if it is in good condition. If the fascia board feels soft and spongy, or its paint is flaking, that can be a symptom of water damage due to gutter clogs.

Be sure to take the necessary safety precautions when cleaning out your gutters. Make sure you place your ladder securely before you climb and never place it directly against a downspout or gutter. Keep one hand on the ladder to prevent a fall and always wear waterproof gloves. If your house is over a single story or you simply don’t want to climb a ladder and clean your gutters yourself, call a professional for assistance.

Arcadia Louvered Roofs Gutter System

Each Arcadia system is a work of art, constructed with care and attention to every little detail. When our louvers are in the closed position, they create rain channels. With a slight pitch, the rainwater is directed into the built-in gutter system.This built in gutter system, will shelter your patio from the rain as well provide you with peace of mind when the spring storms come.