Homeowners know that keeping their gutters clean is essential, as they are responsible for redirecting stormwater from the foundation of their house. However, cleaning gutters is a tedious, but necessary chore that requires a lot of time and effort.
Gutter guards reduce the need to clean your gutters as frequently, because they were designed to block debris from entering the gutters.
Your gutter system exists to redirect stormwater away from your house to prevent excessive damage to the foundation, roof, and landscaping of your home.
It is important to have a properly functioning system, but a lot of homeowners do not understand the importance of downspouts. Downspouts are vertical attachments to the gutters themselves, and they transport water from the gutters, down and away from your homes’ foundation.
Below is some information that describes what your gutters and downspouts do to protect your home, and why it is vital to have a well-working gutter system.
What is a Gutter?
Before we get to the importance your downspouts serve, we have to first discuss how your gutters work.
Your gutters are channels placed below your roofline, where your roof slopes down. There are different kinds of gutters; some are made of vinyl, copper, aluminum, or stainless steel.
But they all function as a way to collect rainwater and pull it away from your home. Gutter systems should have a downward pitch which encourages stormwater to flow downward through the gutters and into the downspouts.