If you’re like the average Indiana homeowner, you probably don’t spend a lot of time thinking about your home’s rain gutter system. As long as your gutters are doing their job, you probably don’t worry about them at all. However, your house would be incomplete without them and they do need a little bit of care to continue doing their job well. Today, our team at Unit Step is exploring all things rain gutters, so you can make sure your home continues to be protected.

All About Gutters

Why Are Gutters Important?

Your gutters are responsible for water management. During a storm, they direct water from your roof, through the downspouts, and to appropriate areas away from your home. Without a gutter system, your roof will collect leaves and other debris, causing water to pool and overflow. This can make your home vulnerable to rotting, rusting, and other damage. Gutters also prevent water from settling around your basement or seeping into your foundation, slowly weakening the supports around your home.

Is Cleaning Them Necessary?

Cleaning out your rain gutters at least once a year is absolutely necessary. When gutters and downspouts are blocked with leaves and debris, rainwater may not drain properly. Additionally, clogged gutters can attract rodents, birds, and insects; and the last thing you’d want is a pest infestation in your home! Finally, gutter and downspout cleaning can help prevent unexpected and expensive projects down the road. Taking preventive measures now can help minimize the likelihood of having to repair or replace your roof.

What Is a Downspout Slash Pad?

The final piece of the rain gutter puzzle is what is known as a downspout splash pad or block. The splash block is a device manufactured from concrete or plastic that works to channel water away from your foundation. Typically, it is rectangular and has a close-ended side positioned underneath your downspout and an open-ended side that works to direct water safely away from the foundation of your home.

Now that you understand the importance of a rain gutter system, take the time to investigate your home’s gutters and be sure they are in working order. If you find you’re in need of a concrete downspout splash pad, give Unit Step a call. We are located in Indianapolis, Indiana, and we provide precast concrete products to our valued costumers. We also offer pick-up, delivery, and complete installation to nearby cities. For more information, contact us today at (317) 357-4552 or request an estimate online.