Home Exterior - Gutters & Downspouts *

Gutters and downspouts direct water away from the home to designated drainage areas.

Care and Maintenance Tips General Information

  • Keep gutters clean of debris that can cause overflowing or ice damming, which could cause damage to the house.
  • Keep downspouts from being blocked to drain properly. Remove snow and debris from the exits of downspouts to help prevent freezing and ice damming.
  • Downspouts that end on sod should have an extension or splash pad along the ground to move the bulk water away from the perimeter of the home.
  • The extensions must be in place and in their lowered position to move water away from the foundation. Always return downspout extensions to their lowered position after mowing lawns.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Why are my gutters leaking?
A: Check your gutters to ensure all debris has been removed so that water will properly drain. Gutters and downspouts may overflow during a heavy rain due to the volume of water. Check again after the rain has stopped to see if the condition continues.

Q: Why do I have standing water in my gutters?
A: When your gutters are not obstructed by debris, some water may remain standing due to the pitch of the gutters. Check the gutter connection to the downspout and ensure all blockage has been removed, as well as the opening of the downspout where water is released. If these do not resolve the issue, check your warranty manual for accepted tolerances of standing water in your area.

* If you are in a Condo residence please refer to your Condo Association Documents to verify your responsibilities, if any, for the maintenance of these areas.