In Florida, we got A LOT of rain, and that rain needs to be properly diverted from the roof of your house. If there are drainage issues in your gutter system, many problems can arise including overflowing gutters, cracks in your home’s foundation, and standing water in your yard.
Here are some tips on how to spot drainage issues so you can get these problems fixed before they become a bigger problem down the line.
If you notice rainwater overflowing over the sides of your gutters, your gutters are likely clogged by leaf and dirt debris.
Even if you don’t have overflowing gutters, vertical streaks of dirt on your gutters or paint peeling off your house are other sure signs that your gutters aren’t working as they should. If you ignore the problem, overflowing gutters can ruin your home’s paint, compromise the structural integrity of your home, and cause the siding to rot.
Our Patented Rhino Gutter Guard® system stops leaves and debris before they have a chance to clog your gutters—saving you money on damage and repairs.
If your downspouts send a deluge of water too close to your home’s foundation, it can damage your home’s foundation, or flood your basement (if you have one.)
Downspouts that are too short can cause buckets of rainwater to drain around your home, putting pressure on the foundation and potentially causing cracks and extensive damage. Gutter extensions can help carry water farther away from your house and help prevent water damage.
Standing Water in Your Yard
It is normal for water to pool in the low spots of your lawn, especially after a heavy rainstorm. But if you notice puddles that are not draining after the sun comes out, you may be experiencing a drainage problem.
Rainwater should be shed into curbs and gutters and end up in the storm drains in your neighborhood. If your yard slopes away from drains, rainwater will be able to drain properly and will run to your yard’s lowest point.
Gutter extensions and trenches in your yard can help divert water off your lawn and into the storm drain.
Further, installing a Rhino Gutter Guard® system will allow your gutters to work properly and prevent them from getting clogged by debris, while also ensuring a steady flow of rainwater through your gutters, instead of a deluge.
Cracks in the Foundation
Over time as your house settles, it may form small cracks, but drainage issues in your gutter system can exacerbate these cracks and cause damage. If you notice cracks that are larger than ⅛-inch, you may have extensive foundation issues caused by water damage.
If you notice that foundation cracks are continuing to widen, a drainage problem in your gutters may be ruining your home’s foundation. Call a professional to inspect your gutters and foundation for potential issues and fix the problem: your gutters.
Mildew in the Attic
You may think that the attic may be a strange place to look for gutter drainage issues, but if you find mildew on the underside of your roof, it could be a sign of some serious problems with your gutters.
Further, clogged gutters and downspouts can cause water damage to your roof, soffit, and other important structural areas of your home.
When your downspouts send rushing rainwater onto your lawn, gulleys can be carved into the landscape, causing silt and dirt to accumulate on pathways, mulch, and wood chips to migrate to places of your yard where they don’t belong, and even cracks in pavers or your concrete patio.
Rainwater coming from your gutters should never damage your landscaping. A proper gutter system with RHINO Gutter Guards® should allow water to flow freely and gutter extensions can help divert the water where you want it to go—preventing damage to your home and landscaping.
Protect Your Gutters with The RHINO
The easiest and most cost-effective way to prevent gutter drainage issues and subsequent water damage to your home is to call The Rhino Gutter Company to install a seamless gutter system equipped with our patented Rhino Gutter Guard® system.
Prevent clogged gutters at the source! Call The Rhino Gutter Company today for an installation quote—813-590-5936!