Your gutters and downspouts play a significant role in your home’s protection against water damage. To keep them in good shape, you must have them inspected and cleaned regularly. Taking care of your underground downspouts also means protecting several parts of your house like your roof, siding, windows, basement and foundation.
One of the area’s most trusted roofers suggests looking out for these common signs of downspout clogs.
Your Gutters Are Overflowing
Underground downspouts bring water away from your home, and they can be directly connected to the sewer line. Once your downspouts clog, water will fail to drain from your roof and gutters. As a result, water will overflow to your siding and back up to the roof.
Water Isn’t Coming Out of the Bottom of Downspout Extensions
If after it rains you’ve noticed that no water is flowing out of the bottom of your downspout extensions, they might have a clog. Sometimes, downspouts don’t get completely clogged and still allow some water to pass through. It’s among the many reasons to get regular inspections and maintenance from reliable roofers.
There Are Stains Around Underground Downspouts
Water stains around downspouts are also an indication that they are clogged. They are more noticeable if your downspouts are near concrete, pavement, driveway or a deck. It’s also a good idea to check the ground near your underground downspouts. If they are oversaturated, it could be that there is a clog.
Test Your Downspouts for Clogs
Another way to determine if your downspouts are clogged is to test them with a hose. Put the hose into your underground downspout system and turn it on. There is a clog if the water splashes back at you.
Whether you are looking for an experienced roofer or home remodeler, you can count on Empire Roofing & More. Call us at (412) 900-2177 or fill out our online form to schedule an appointment. We serve clients in Township and Pittsburgh, PA, and nearby communities.