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gutter downspout drainage

The drainage system in your home is one of its most important parts. After all, whatever water that pours down on your home every time it rains is caught and deposited elsewhere by this drainage system, sparing you from standing water, water damage and other problems that water can bring about. However, there are instances when your drainage can fail, either due to human error or poor quality and, unfortunately, there are consequences.

In this post, Carolina Gutter Helmet and More, the go-to place for gutters and windows, discuss the consequences of poor drainage and how you can prevent it.

Health Hazards

Poor drainage can cause health hazards for you and your household. The inadequate drainage can encourage mold growth that may cause respiratory problems for the occupants of your home and any standing water can be used as a breeding ground by mosquitoes and heartworms, both of which can carry diseases.

Foundation Damage

Some homes have downspouts that simply lead straight to the ground. This is actually a sign of poor drainage as it can collect against the foundation and cause cracks that can inevitably lead to damaging your home. To install a better drainage system in your home, hire window replacement and gutter installation professionals at Carolina Gutter Helmet and More for the best results.

Water Damage

Aside from causing cracks in your foundation, water can also flow into your home via leaks and warp your floorboards. This will most likely lead to mold and mildew growth which can compromise your home and your household’s health.

Pest Infestation

With the mold and mildew that’s growing in your home, it’s almost a guarantee that a pest infestation is not far behind. Pests such as cockroaches and mosquitoes favor humid places with a lot of moisture so your drainage plays an important part in preventing pests from invading your home.


Should your home has poor drainage, you shouldn’t worry too much as there are four ways you can prevent poor drainage: catch basins, pop-up emitters, french drains, and surprisingly, plants. Catch basins can trap sediments and contaminants below your downspouts for drainage and redirect them to safer locations. Pop-up emitters, meanwhile, allows water to drain once they’re full but will remain closed once empty to prevent debris and rodent infestation.

French drains are trenches filled with gravel that can direct the stormwater away from specific areas of your home. Should you decide to go the natural way, on the other hand, you can always opt to keep it in the soil. However, ensure that the area won’t damage anything once the water is kept there. You can plant ornamental plants there to grow, filter the water and retain it.

For the best contractors, turn to Carolina Gutter Helmet and More for your home improvement needs. We are your number one provider of awnings and gutter installation services. Give us a call at 864-303-5955 and 972.427.4418 or fill out our contact form to get a free quote. We serve homeowners in Greenville, Columbia, SC, and other nearby areas.