How To Manage Rainwater Runoff

The EZsmart Gutter Cleaner is the fastest, easiest, and safest way to clean your gutters. But why do we have to keep gutters clean? Why do our homes need them at all? The answers to these questions are tied into the eventual long life of our homes. Clean gutters are all about properly managing the rainwater runoff. 

First of all, let’s talk about what happens if you decide not to take care of your gutters. Spoiler alert: you will be in for a world of hurt both inside and outside of your home.

If your gutter system isn’t effectively carrying the rain that collects in it down and away from the foundation of your house, you will start to see erosion in the land near the foundation of your house. This is because the water is falling straight down and soaking the ground beneath the gutters. As this water seeps into the ground over time, the foundation of your home responds by compressing and contracting, eventually resulting in dangerous cracks.

On the inside of your house, the risk is equally as great. Water can come straight down through your walls into your basement and cause mold and mildew and even full-on, ankle-deep flooding after a bad storm. It can also cause wood in your walls, windows, and attic to rot. 

In order to avoid these frustrating and expensive problems, the first thing to do is make sure your home is equipped with the right size and number of gutters and downspouts. There are generally only a couple different sizes of gutters and downspouts available. If you have a particularly large roof or live in an area with a lot of trees, you may want to consider the larger options.

In order to manage rainwater runoff you also need to make sure that the downspouts don’t empty too close to the ground and are in a place where the water can safely drain downhill, away from your house. Capturing some of the runoff in a rain barrel is a great way to eliminate this potential problem and irrigate your lawn at the same time.

The other thing you can do to ensure that rainwater runoff doesn't become a problem for you is keep your gutters clean and clear with the EZsmart Gutter Cleaner. Again, depending on how much tree debris will be entering your gutters, just a few minutes can save you from years worth of headaches that come with a cracked foundation.