Over the last couple of days we have received a lot of rain in Colorado which our roofs and grass have not seen for some time! During these heavy Colorado rains many homeowners’ experience water in the basement!  

There can be various reasons for water in your basement and many don’t think their roof may be the cause.  Often times a Colorado homeowner simply needs to check their gutters when something like this happens!  Maybe you aren’t sure why you even have gutters and how it works with your roof to complete a full roofing system?  Take this quick quiz to test your gutter knowledge!

What is the purpose of gutters and downspouts?

A.      Gutters and downspouts are used in Colorado for aesthetic purposes.
B.      Gutters and downspouts divert rainwater shed by the roof away from a home’s foundation.
C.      Denver homeowners use gutters and downspouts to collect leaves and other debris so their lawn remains clean all year long.
D.     Gutters and downspouts are a cozy place that squirrels can sleep.

If you answered B, you are correct!  Gutters and downspouts keep rainwater away from your home’s foundation by diverting it.  So, why aren’t your gutters doing what they were designed for and you’re winding up with water in your basement?  Here in Colorado with fall approaching, gutters clog with debris such as pine needles, leaves, dirt, or shingle granules that can interfere with your Denver roofing system!  A clogged gutter cannot drain properly therefore will run over the gutter edge and down your roof’s foundation – hence the water in your basement!  In Denver and the surrounding Colorado area it’s always a good idea to double check that your gutters and downspouts are clear and can properly drain!

Another Colorado exteriors concern that could potentially cause water in your basement are missing downspouts or splash guards.  It’s important that water is directed away from your house and doesn’t pool next to your home’s foundation.  Also, ensure your home has proper slope away from the house. If water is settling next your property, the dirt will began to erode leaving an even clearer path for the rain to head straight for your basement.  This erosion will also wash away your landscaping.  Those beautiful Colorado tulips you’ve been nurturing all summer can be washed away with a single hard rain.  Keep your landscaping and basement intact by contacting Roof Worx at (303) 353-1825 to ensure your Colorado roofing system is in place and working properly!