St. Louis is no stranger to rain, water damage, and flooding. In fact, average states in the US receive approximately 13-inches of rainfall every Spring.With that being said, we’d say that downspout maintenance is pretty important! The trouble is that most homeowners are a bit clueless when it comes to maintaining their downspouts. Most think that gutter cleaning and roof inspections are enough, but that’s not the case; downspouts are entirely different entities that need their own maintenance routine. Read on to find out the proper way to maintain your downspouts.3-Step Maintenance ProcessWhen done regularly, the maintenance process takes only 15 minutes. Simple, right? We think so! Let’s get started.Step 1: As you’re cleaning your gutters, determine where your downspout is distributing water; water should always flow away from your home. If you find that the water is pooling up around your home, or in one specific area, your home is at a great flooding risk. Don’t panic though, this is a simple fix – check out step two.Step 2: If you’ve completed step one and found that your water is pooling up, or is collecting less than five feet away from your home, you’ll simply need to re-direct the water with gutter extensions. Located at your local hardware store, gutter extensions run about $10 per foot, and are super simple to install. See, we told you it was a simple fix!Step 3: There are three common types of downspout extensions: manual hinged extensions, automatic extensions, and underground extensions. Choose whichever extension you prefer, but always make sure that the existing downspout is extended at least 5-6 feet away from your home.About Woodard Cleaning & RestorationWoodard Cleaning & Restoration was founded in 1946, and is located in St. Louis, Missouri. With more than 65 years of experience, Woodard is proud to serve as a preferred provider of water, fire, and smoke restoration services for residential, commercial, and institutional facilities. For more information, visit Woodard’s website, or call 314-266-0373.