The Drainage System

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Home Inspector with National Property Inspections 16000006964

The Drainage System

Downpour of Rain on Gutter.
Gutters, downspouts and splash blocks collect rainwater from a roof and send it away from the structure. Gutters are the valleys located on the edge of the roof. The downspouts connect to the gutters to carry the water to the ground. Splash blocks are located at the end of the downspouts to divert water away from the building.

Damaged or leaking gutters can cause water to stain walls, pool against the foundation or seep into the walls, damaging the structure. With fall just around the corner, your gutters are susceptible to clogs from falling leaves. A few actions on your part can help prevent these problems and route water away from your home:

• Remove debris from gutters as often as needed to prevent dams and overflow. Gutters may need to be cleaned twice a year or weekly.
• Visually inspect gutters and downspouts for apparent damage from tree limbs or storms.
• Check that all downspouts are directed away from the home’s foundation and splash blocks are in place.
• Check fasteners on downspouts and gutters to insure proper connections are in place.

A National Property Inspections property inspection includes a thorough visual examination of the drainage system. Your NPI inspector will note any problems and recommend any needed repairs.

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