Your gutters keep water from pooling on your roof and draining down the side of your home. As a direct result, your gutter system prevents catastrophic damage to your home’s siding, foundation, doors, windows, and more. But how does the gutter system move water away from your home? What aspect of this system relocates the water to a safe area? The answer: downspouts.

What Are Downspouts?

Downspouts are drains that run down the corners of your home. Ideally, the water from the roof falls into the gutters, which are tilted to allow the water to run to the corners of the house. Here, it enters the downspout and is carried down the side of the home and emptied into a pipe, a sewer, or a safe location in the driveway, sidewalk, or yard.

What Can You Do to Keep Your Downspouts Working Properly?

Clogs in gutters and downspouts can cause water to run over the sides of the gutters. As a result, you may incur water damage to your home. This can be extremely expensive if not quickly addressed. The key to maintaining an effective gutter and downspout system is to keep it clean. Make sure you clean your gutters and downspouts regularly to ward off clogged debris.

You should also ensure that your downspouts are pointing in the proper direction—especially if they empty into the yard or onto a driveway. If the downspout is pointing toward your home, instead of away from it, it can cause a great deal of damage to the foundation. Likewise, it can ruin landscaping and kill plants. Talk to a gutter professional to determine how to angle your downspouts to get the best water damage protection for your home.

Downspouts are an integral aspect of proper home maintenance; however, the upkeep they require can become expensive (if you hire professional cleaners) or inconvenient (if you are a DIY-style homeowner). The Leaf Slugger gutter protection system can help trim down your to-do list by significantly decreasing the debris in your gutters!