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How to drain water away from your home

7/1/2019 (Permalink)

How to drain water away from your home

  1. Invest in a gutter system.If your home doesn’t have any gutters, consider investing in a gutter system—especially if you live in a rainy climate. 
  2. Inspect your gutters for effectiveness.For your gutters to work properly, they should slope down 12inch (1.3 cm) toward the downspout for every 10 feet (3.0 m), by code.They must also remain free of clogs, holes, and sags. The most common gutter problem is blockage.
  1. Clean your gutters regularly.Gutters should be routinely cleaned of debris at least once per year. 
  1. Inspect your downspouts.Downspouts are the parts of the gutter that run vertically from the roof gutter to the ground.
  1. Install downspout extensions. This is done by attaching an elbow to the end of the downspout and then connecting the extension piece.
  1. 6. Avoid pointing your downspout extensions toward your driveway.In winter, water deposited onto your driveway can freeze, causing a number of dangerous situations.

  2. Inspect the ground slope next to the foundation of your house. Overflowing gutters and inefficient downspouts can erode the ground around the foundation of your home. 
  1. Add enough dirt to create a gentle slope. Instead of just filling the gaps in with soil, add a slight excess of it. 


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