Ideal Methods To Drain Water From Your Gutters
Gutters might seem like an unnecessary and sometimes dated addition to a house. However, the truth is that if many houses do not have gutters or have ones that are not properly constructed, a few issues could arise. Examples of these include poor drainage of water from the roof which could lead to degeneration of the roof as well as the wall and in some cases the fountain. Installing gutters properly and making sure that they are properly maintained will easily help you avoid this headache.
One of the aspects of gutter installation that you may not be keen on is how to deal with the drainage. Gutters are simply tools to get rid of water from a roof efficiently, and then deposit them on the ground. However, how should this end point be managed? Some of the tips you can use to help you along include:
Use ground slope
The area around your house should slope away from it. In some countries, this is a legal requirement, but in most parts of the world, it is not specified in the building codes. Either way, you should ensure that your home has a gradient slope such as a drop of six inches in vertical height for every ten feet of horizontal length.
This serves the purpose of moving the water away from the house once it comes out of the other end of the gutter. It also reduces the chances of rain water accumulating around the house, which include formation of puddles of standing water around the home which could become an environment suited to some disease-spreading insects such as mosquitoes. The pools also make your compound look less attractive, and could damage the lawn in the long term.
Create a trench
You can create trenches to guide water to designated areas. These could be lined with concrete and then covered, so that they conduct water without being visible. You might need to be a contractor in order to get this right. One of the benefits of using trenches is that it allows you to direct the flow of water according to your needs. For instance, if you have a specific location where the water can be collected, you can design the trenches to all lead here. When trenches are properly designed, they may be designed to be invisible, reducing the risk of damage to a pristine lawn or compound.
If you choose to use a trench to drain the water, make sure that it’s not blocked since this will beat the purpose of it being there. This can be done by placing a sieve-like material between the gutter outlet and the trench. This captures larger objects which might obstruct the trench. If not, you can have the trench occasionally checked for blockage. This is especially if you notice some spillage
Install a French drain
A French drain can be thought of as an addition to the trench designed above. It is a pipe that has perfectly fits into the drain. The pipe has a series of holes along its length. The pipe and trench are surrounded by sand or gravel. The purpose of the French drain is to reduce some of the negative effects of a keyboard, including water runoff damage and erosion. Otherwise, they perform just as well as a normal trench.
These drainage methods are simple and cheap, but they are very important in preventing the damage that water from a gutter can do. If you work with a professional gutter installation firm, they are likely to sort you out with these solutions, making them good value for money. They will install the gutters, but they can also put in place measures to drain water from the gutters to the ideal locations