Installing Gutter Splash Guard
Gutter splash guard – If your basement tends to get a little water during and after a heavy storm, there are things you can do to improve the situation. If you get an inch of standing water during a storm, you’re almost certainly going to have to call in a professional. All the water that hits your roof in a rainstorm is channeled downs along the seams in shingles to the gutters that run along the eaves. Without gutters, all the water that falls on the broad expanse of your roof would be directed down to a narrow strip right alongside the foundation of your house.
These areas quickly would become saturated, and water pressures would build up outside your basement wall and under the floor. Any cracks or air pockets in the concrete or the seams between concrete blocks would allow a path for the water to seep into the basement. The most common because of water in the basement is the failure of the gutter splash guard, downspouts, and downspouts outlets to moves rainwater away from the foundation. If you’ve had problems with basement moisture after a rain, go outside during the next storm and see what’s happening on your roof and in the yard around the house. Yeah, that’s right. I’m suggesting you put on your boots and walks around in a downpour.
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Looks for leaks in gutter splash guard and downspouts, and pay particular attention to seams and connections. Looks for sagging spots or area where so much water hits the gutters that they overflow. Sagging spots in the gutter is often the sites of overflows. Sometimes waters back up and overflow if downspout is obstructed. You usually can fixes minor leaks around seams with caulk designed for a gutter. Adding a strategic support bracket or nails will correct minor sag. At the bottom of each downspout, attach some kind of extensions or splash guard that directs water leaving the downspouts to at least three feet away from the house.
If your basement is chronically damped, releasing the water even farther away might help. Check home improvement stores for black plastic tubing designed for storm water drainage; it will allow you to release water as far away from the house as you wish. If the gutters and downspouts system is sound, periodically cleans the gutter splash guard to keeps leaves and other debris from interfering with efficient water flow. Most people remember to clean their gutters in autumn when leaves are falling, but the tree seed material blowing onto roofs in the spring can clog gutters even faster than leaves.