One of the most frustrating problems you can encounter as a homeowner is standing water in your basement. Not only is it messy and unpleasant to deal with, but it can also create a health hazard for your family and contribute to mold, mildew, and damage.
What most homeowners don’t realize is that often, the root cause of basement flooding is actually coming from your roof and could be solved by improving your rain gutters. At Window World Twin Cities, we offer several high-performance gutter options to help protect your home from water damage. Read on to learn how maintaining your gutters can protect your basement from flooding.
How Gutters Protect Your Home
Rain gutters serve an important purpose in protecting your home. Without good rain gutters, water can drain off of your roof and land on the ground, where it collects in pools. When it pools next to your home’s foundation, it can leak into cracks and cause water to collect in your basement.
This is especially true when your home’s landscaping is flat rather than sloping away from your home. Once it begins to collect in your basement, you can end up with an unpleasant, musty, and damp basement that lowers your home’s resale value. That’s why it’s important not to underestimate the role of gutters in protecting your home.
Here are a few tips for preventing basement flooding:
1. Keep Your Gutters Clean.
Your gutters can collect a lot of debris over the course of the year. In the fall, falling leaves, twigs, and pine needles can collect in your gutters. In the spring, small animals may end up nesting in those gutters if they’re a comfortable spot for raising babies. Keeping those gutters clean keeps clogs from forming which force water over the edge like a dam.
If cleaning your gutters is a chore you’d rather do without, Leafproof Gutter Covers may be the perfect solution for your home. Our gutter covers are available in 11 colors, blending seamlessly with the existing gutters on your home and directing rain even in the heaviest rain. Rather than collect in your gutters, leaves and debris flow away, keeping your windows, siding, foundation, and basement clear of water.
2. Update Your Existing Gutters.
If you’ve got leaky, aging gutters on your home, this could be the source of water collection down in your basement. We can install brand new aluminum gutters to replace your existing gutters.
We also offer seamless gutters to direct rainwater away from your home’s foundation. With new gutter orders, you can also add a Gutter Tune-Up. With this option, we’ll update your older gutters for a minimal fee.
3. Check Your Downspout Extensions.
If you’ve got water collecting in your basement, it might be a good idea to check your downspout extensions. Each downspout should have a two- to four-foot extension meant to direct water from your home’s foundation. This keeps moisture from leaking into the walls of your foundation.
One of the more common problems we see is homeowners removing their downspout extensions to mow or weed and then forgetting to place them back. That’s why recommend installing a flip-down extension for downspouts so you never have to worry about removing it when you’re managing yard work.
4. Address Existing Gutter Sloping Problems
If you’re great about keeping your gutters clean and you don’t have any visibly damaged gutters, the problem may be with your gutter sloping. One of the most common gutter sloping issues is drooping gutters. Gutters that droop can overflow, leading to water collection on the ground and in your basement.
Gutters should also be perfectly sloped so that they’re higher in the middle or on one end, using gravity to naturally push water to the downspout. If your gutters are improperly hung, we can rehang them for you with an appropriate bubble slope for ideal functionality.
5. Check Your Flashing and Sealing
Water infiltration in your basement may also be due to flashing from the edge of the roof. If your flashing isn’t properly installed, water can get behind your home’s gutter and eventually leak into your basement.
We can also seal the holes of your downspout using a powerful gutter sealant. This will direct the water appropriately so it falls away from your home, keeping your basement dry.
6. Consider Adding Gutters Where There Aren’t Any
If you’ve added onto your home or made other changes to your home’s exterior, it might be necessary to add additional gutters. If you’ve recently added a window under an eave without gutters, for example, this could create an opportunity for water to leak into the basement. Fortunately, this is a problem that can easily be solved by adding additional seamless gutters and a rain diverter to your gutter system.
Contact our Gutter Installation Team for High-Performance Twin Cities Gutters
If you’ve been avoiding your basement because it’s damp or flooded, maybe it’s time to stop looking down for a solution and start looking up. By examining your home’s gutter system, you’ll be able to use the power of gravity and direct water away from your home so everyone and every room inside your home stays dry. We’ll use our Mobile Gutter Machine to custom fit your gutters to your home so they’re perfect every time.
With baked-on enamel paint that never needs repainting, free rain diverters, hidden hangers, and a five-year installation warranty, your gutters will complete the look of your home. Speak to a member of our Window World Twin Cities team to learn more by calling us at 651.770.5570, or contact our window pros to find out more.
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