Using Rain Gutters to Prevent Flooding in Apartment Complexes

Does your porch or lobby frequently suffer from flooding? If so, then using rain gutters to direct the flow of water away and towards drains could be a solution to the issue with your apartment complex.

Rain gutters collect water that is running off the roof, and direct it away from areas of flat land so that it can flow towards drains.  It is important that the gutters are kept clean and free from obstructions, though. One common issue with gutters is that they can become clogged with leaves and other debris, and when this happens water can pool in them, then cause mold issues or water damage to the walls and even interior of the home. This becomes a huge problem as water damage restoration is extremely expensive; this isn’t the end of the list though. Water damage then causes mold in your home which is dangerous and costly as well. Keeping your rain gutters clean will ensure this problem most likely won’t occur. Water damage restoration and mold removal are two jobs that can cost upwards of $10,000 in Miami. Granted, if you have insurance you will be covered.

In colder states during the winter, any clogged water can turn to ice, and expand, which can damage the guttering itself as well as any decorative wall facing.

When kept clean, however, gutters do a very good job of preventing flooding and managing water run-off. When combined with weather stripping to combat puddling of water near the doors, they can solve most water related problems.

Water damage is a serious issue, and it can be expensive to fix. Rain gutters are quite inexpensive to install and they will passively work to direct rain water away from your property, sending it directly to the drains.

Keeping Your Property Clean

It is important that you work to keep your property clean and tidy, and that the areas around the property are free from debris. If water is allowed to pool in areas where there is litter or there are leaves piled up against the apartment walls, then this will cause damp to develop and could attract pests. Termites and other pests are attracted to standing water, and can cause costly damage to your property.

In cases where there is a serious issue with frequent, heavy rain, it may be necessary to take more aggressive measures to combat the build-up of standing water. For those who live in areas where rain is only occasional, however, all that is necessary is good drainage. Make sure that the driveway and paths are in a good state of repair and angled away from the building. Keep the gutters and drain covers clean. Remove weeds from against the walls, and be sure to give the whole grounds a careful pass and cleaning towards the end of autumn, to minimize any weather damage when the winter hits.

Roof and Gutter Issues

Proper Design and Installation of Roof Gutters Can Help to Avoid Issues

A roof is an essential part of a home that protects it from the elements. A gutter on the roof acts to safely drain rainwater that falls on a roof and guide it away from the roof and walls to designated drainage channels. When a gutter does not function properly, it can cause overflows that run down walls and can affect a building’s foundations.

Gutters need the constant attention of homeowners so that they function correctly. Regular maintenance and the cleaning of gutters can prevent them getting clogged. Overflowing gutters can also sag and cause stress on the joints, that can then leak and have water running down adjacent walls. This overflow can also lead to the rotting of any wooden members that are part of the roof.

Other issues that can come up with gutters is when they get pulled away from their fixtures due to the constant dynamic action of the water. Sagging of gutters comes from constant overflowing or when the support members are spaced too far apart and are unable to maintain the rigidity of the gutter. Gutters have to run the full length of the house and will be made up of sections that are joined to each other to make up the required length. These joints are vulnerable and can come loose after use and lead to rainwater leaking from these loose joints. Gutters are made up often of metal, that can rust and a gutter can then develop holes if they are neglected.

Gutters may also not function properly if they are not sloping correctly towards the downspouts. Choosing a smaller size of a gutter section that is not adequate to the roof area it is meant to service can also cause constant overflowing problems. Downspouts must be spaced so that all the water in the gutter is removed without it backing up in the gutter.

These are the various issues that can arise with gutters.