We have seen record breaking rainfall recently in Texas and all that rain can play havoc with your yard and foundation if you’re not properly maintaining the drainage system around your home. Your roof sheds more water than any other component in your home.
The surface area of your roof acts like a giant tarp catching rain water then channeling it down slopes and valleys until it discharges in a concentrated location around your home. All that water pouring onto the ground near your foundation can lead to unexpected and potentially expensive problems if the drainage systems around your home can’t keep up. Here are a few things you can do to maintain this crucial system for your home.
Keep Up With The Gutters
While cleaning out the gutters may not be everyone’s favorite home-maintenance task, it is an important one. Gutters filled with debris will not drain properly causing them to overspill the edge, defeating the purpose of having them. Cleaning out the gutters is a simple process, but it does require getting on a ladder, which on some taller homes can be a bit daunting. Remember basic ladder safety like giving yourself 1 foot of run for every 4 feet of rise, don’t place a ladder in front of a door and be sure to extend the top of the ladder at least 3 feet over the roof. OSHA provides a full list of ladder safety tips for you to look over.
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