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What are downspouts?

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Rain is inevitable regardless of where you live, but when you are thinking about how to protect your roof, rain can be a real concern. Protecting your home from water damage is especially important in the Ontario climate. Rainwater leaders and downspouts play a fundamental role in a successful drainage system.

If your property is dealing with water buildup or if you notice that the eavestrough and gutters of your home are in disrepair, it may be a good time to consider upgrading your downspouts to prevent further damage and increase your home’s value. A proper understanding of how downspout extensions work will help you make informed choices when it comes to renovating the exterior of your property.

Explaining a downspout

In the fight against water damage, a downspout is a vital tool. A home that has eavestroughs and gutters installed is more protected from water damage than those that don’t have them, and homes that have a drainage system that includes a downspout ever much less likely to become damaged or corroded.

When it rains or snows, water pools on the roof of your home and slopes down into the gutter system. That system keeps water from constantly running down the sides of your home where it can cause damage or drop on the heads of those passing by. In addition, by diverting the water away from the walls of your home, it also prevents the water from forming puddles that can leak into your basement or even damage the foundation. 

What does a downspout look like?

These are devices that resemble a pipe and are placed vertically along the corners or side of your home. Downspouts are attached to the eavestroughs or gutters at their head, and the bottom is angled away from the building to direct the water flow to the proper drainage area.

How does a downspout help my home?

Installing a well-built drainage system that utilizes eavestroughs connected to downspouts improve the lifespan of your roof, reduces the amount of damage to your walls and foundation and also increases the overall value of your property. Homes that have basements are always at a risk of being flooded during intense or sustained rainfall. By installing downspouts, you are able to reduce the risk of flooding by diverting excess water away from your home. Downspouts attached to gutters also help to keep water from pooling on your roof, which will, in turn, increase its lifespan and reduce the cost of periodic repairs over time. 

How to maintain downspouts

It’s important to opt for quality materials and a reliable contractor when you upgrade. Installing the proper number of downspouts for your home is key to diverting the large amounts of water that drain from your roof during a downpour. The bottom of the spouts also should be angled away from the base of your home and towards the designated drainage areas. Maintaining your downspouts with heavy sealing, mesh filters, and periodic cleaning will ensure they function properly for several years before they need to be replaced.

Eavestrough and Siding Installers is the premier choice when it comes to installing and repairing downspouts.. Contact us today to find out more!

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