Being a homeowner comes with a long list of responsibilities. And with so many tasks to stay on top of, your gutter downspouts are probably not a priority. But while there are (understandably) other matters that take precedence over downspouts, the unsung heroes of your home also need some degree of upkeep.
The experts at Plumbing One share this easy-to-follow maintenance guide that can help keep your downspout functional and reduce or even prevent the need for untimely downspout repair in Columbus, OH.
1. Mind the Overflow Pipe
All downspouts come with a built-in overflow pipe. This pipe helps prevent flooding if water forcefully exits through an open downspout. A leaking downspout can result in flooding, especially if the pipe is old and damaged. It's important to check your overflow pipe for cracks and holes. Any signs of damage should be dealt with immediately.
2. Watch Out For Pooling Water
Damaged downspout flanges can cause water to pool on your lawn. To avoid this problem, it's important to check your downspout regularly and replace any damaged flanges as soon as possible.
3. Clean Out Your Downspout
You must check gutter downspouts regularly to prevent debris from getting into the system. Downspouts collect leaves, twigs and other debris that can cause clogs and floods. Debris in your downspout can even get into the gutter itself, where it can cause damage to your home’s structure. This is why regularly scheduling a downspout cleaning service is crucial.
Sealing your downspout with silicone sealant is one option for keeping it leak-free. However, keep in mind that sealants are not a long-term solution as the root of the issue might be more serious than it seems.
Keeping your downspout in good condition doesn’t have to be a headache-inducing task. Call Plumbing One for all of your downspout-related needs. We’d be happy to help.