Gutters and downspouts play an important role in directing stormwater away from your home’s foundation. Before the winter rain, follow these helpful tips to make sure your home’s gutter system functions to their maximum capacity!
- First, it is important to check and make sure your downspouts are pointed in the right direction preventing ponding around the perimeter of structures.
- Second, make sure to clear your gutters and downspouts of any leaves, twigs, or debris that may have accumulated over the dry season and dispose of these materials in green waste bins.
- If you feel your downspouts are too short or not directing flow away from your property, you might want to purchase an extension. Extensions are cheap, effective ways to protect your home and can be found at most home improvement stores.
- Capturing stormwater onsite is a great way to reduce potable water consumption and decrease urban runoff. Consider installing a rain barrel, cistern, or bioswales at your property to capture and store stormwater for later use.