With a mild winter so far in central Montana, now is a good time to take advantage and check for proper drainage throughout your property.
Complete a thorough check of the gutter system – Ensure gutters are clean of debris and blockages. Check that connections are tight and there are no gaps between the gutter system and the roof. Double check gutters have the proper slope that goes towards the downspouts. The gutter pitch or slope is very subtle and often needs to be checked with a level. A half inch of slope is recommended for every ten feet. Over time, pressure, wear and knocks from branches can mess with the pitch. It is important to check the gutter pitch to ensure water is able to flow easily to the downspouts without pooling.
Downspouts need to remain clear and have enough space to push water away from the foundation – A clogged downspout can be trouble for the entire system and lead to damage and repairs. Downspouts should drain at least five feet away from the property. If possible, have downspouts pushing water onto a hard surface which is sloped away from the property. If this is not possible, utilize splash pads or downspout extensions to properly divert the water.
Whether it is rain or snowmelt, check to see where the runoff is going – Controlling water runoff is key to avoiding water damage inside your home. If water is pooling close to foundation walls, it can saturate the ground and cause interior water damage. If water is consistently settling near the foundation, landscaping may be required to create proper drainage.