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When inspecting a rain gutter after a storm, it's important to determine if water is flowing safely to the immediate ground area at the downspout. The water's ability to flow after exiting the downspout is important to the upkeep of the property. Chesapeake roofers, when inspecting a client's home, test both the roof and the landscape together to verify whether water is flowing into proper local sewage drains. Puddling, backed up water and other stagnant moisture issues means the property could have drainage problems that directly impacts the roof.

Water flows off a roof due to the roof's steepness, or pitch. When water exits the downspouts, it must have the ability to flow away from the house. The surrounding landscape, therefore, should ideally be angled slightly away from the foundation of the home. Water flowing off the roof may puddle at foundation edges, however, eventually contributing to soil shifting and structural instability. While contractors work on the roof's topside, they will also take into account the angles of the surrounding landscape.

When roofers visit a home for a basic maintenance appointment, they'll also verify that landscaping drainage fixtures are in place. Along with a ground slope away from the home, contractors look for drainage channels or drain installations. The gutter system's downspout must match up with one or more of these drainage channels to keep water from puddling around the structure.

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Roofers can test the entire gutter and drainage system by adding a garden hose to the rooftop as they simulate rainfall. No drips off the edge of the roof should be seen if the gutter system is functioning properly to catch them. Even if homeowners have extra roofing layers, such as ice and water barriers, all water should still only flow into gutters. The flow is identified by contractors as it moves into landscaping drains. Any drainage issues are noted for further investigation. Low spots in the drains or landscape are noted as well and will be targeted for repairs before the next big storm.

In addition to hiring a local contractor to inspect the property twice times a year, homeowners should still keep an eye on any unusual landscape issues. As the roof drains water, look for any low lying areas along lawns. Soil shifting and plumbing issues might create a low spot, forcing roof drain water to puddle in one area. Add an extension to the downspout to angle the water away from the puddling area, and contact roofers for an evaluation. Roofers might be able to direct rainwater elsewhere until the landscape issue can be resolved.

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