HELP…My Basement is Leaking!

“My basement is leaking and I need someone to come out right away and fix my gutters.”  We occasionally get phone calls that start with these words. The following is a list of questions we will ask you to determine if your gutters are the problem or if it may be something else:

  • Are your gutters clean or do you have a waterfall coming from your gutters when it rains?
  • Are you sure the downspouts are not clogged and water is flowing from them during heavy rainfall?
  • Do all the downspouts have at least 3’ extensions?
  • Are the gutters leaking?
  • Are the gutters free of standing water/correctly pitched?

If you can answer yes to all these questions, you don’t have a gutter problem.  You will need to contact a company that specializes in basement leaks. However, once your basement is dry again, the staff at Alloy Gutter Company wants to help you keep your gutter system operating properly. Make sure to call Alloy for any gutter cleaning or repair work you may need in the future.

Why Seamless Gutters?

We frequently get asked the question; what does the term seamless gutter mean?  Seamless gutter simply means that your gutters are produced in one continuous run, on site, to any length that is needed to fit your homes specifications.

Seamless gutters are the most highly recommended form of guttering systems.  They account for over 75% of all gutters installed in the United States. With seamless gutters you greatly reduce any possibility of leaking.  They are also very strong and add curb appeal to any home.

Alloy Gutter has over 30 colors to choose from for your home.  We have been specializing in seamless gutter installations for over 35 years and are here to help you with any questions you have.  Don’t hesitate any longer.

Do I Need Downspout Extensions?

The primary job of a gutter system is to divert water away from a building’s foundation. The parts of a gutter system include gutters, downspouts and downspout extensions. Many times, people call with the following questions about downspout extensions:

  • What is that pipe sticking out of my downspout and what is it for? It’s an extension and it is used to keep the water away from your foundation.
  • Does it need to be so long? A typical extension is 3’ long; 3’ is the recommended length for water discharge. Occasionally, there are special circumstances that warrant longer extensions.
  • Why are there nails in my extensions? Your extensions need to be removable so that you can mow the lawn in the discharge area. They are often held in place with a roofer’s nail.
  • Are there any extension options? Flip up extensions are available for a nominal charge.

If you have any extension questions give Alloy Gutter Company a call. We will be happy to address any question or concerns you have about your gutter system.

    
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