Whether you live in an area that receives constant rainfall or only occasional storms, you want a well-installed gutter system capable of holding significant volumes of rainwater. But have you ever wondered where the water from your rain gutter should go? The roofing and gutter experts at Patriot Roofing LLC share a closer look.
Potential Destinations for Rainwater Runoff
Confirm that your gutters are installed properly and are free of obstructions. This ensures uninterrupted flow of rainwater away from your home. Water flowing out the ends of downspouts may end up in any of the following destinations:
- Drainage Pit – This approach involves excavating a section of the ground that’s 3 feet in depth, width and length. It is the ideal drainage system for large amounts of water. Additionally, it is cost-effective and will not detract from your home’s curb appeal.
- Rain Barrel – A rain barrel, which is often built aboveground, is the simplest way to store rainwater. You can also remove it during the dry seasons to maximize your yard space.
- Rainwater Collection System – Adding an underground tank, connected to a filter and a pump that is able to pump water out as needed, is another option to consider. Bear in mind, however, that you will need to have a professional install this.
What Happens If Your Gutter System Isn’t Doing Its Job?
Clogs prevent your gutters and downspouts from properly directing rainwater runoff. Accumulated organic debris such as leaves and twigs can cause water to overflow. You can stop this problem from happening by cleaning your gutter system regularly. Alternatively, you may consider investing in a gutter protection system that minimizes clogs and ensures proper drainage.
New gutter system installations should take into account the size and length of the gutters and downspouts. Any miscalculations can prevent the entire system from performing its job properly. For instance, if the downspouts are too short, rainwater may end up collecting and pooling too close to your home, increasing the likelihood of foundation damage. Erosion and flooding in your lawn and landscaping may also happen because of improper downspout placement and the lack of accessories such as splash blocks or downspout extensions.
Patriot Roofing LLC is one of the area’s most reputable roofing and gutter companies. You can be confident that your project will be completed at a high standard because of our experience and skills. Our crew will ensure the best results possible for every project we handle.
Call us at (405) 217-0473 or fill out our contact form to request a free estimate. We serve customers in Norman, OK, and the surrounding areas.