Capitol Gutter, Inc.

Olympia Area Gutter Installation & Repairs

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  • Dealing with Decks and Overhangs

    Capitol Gutter installed this downspout to carry water away from this deck to prevent flooding and foundation problems.Capitol Gutter installed this downspout to carry water away from this deck to prevent flooding and foundation problems.With our wet, rainy season in the winter months in South Puget Sound, homeowners sometimes discover roof drainage problems that can not just become an inconvenience, but can actually cause damage to the home.

    This local homeowner had a two-fold problem. The deck on this home is built on a platform so that it would be accessible from the main level of the home. This is a fairly common design in our landscape because many homes are built in hilly areas.  When it rained, runoff from the roof would overflow onto the deck, making it difficult to enter and exit the home, and also causing water to permeate the soil next to the foundation. Over time, this could cause foundation

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  • Drain System Idea for Downspout Run-Off

    We spotted this idea on Pinterestand thought it would be good to share. This concrete gully carries water from the gutter downspout away from the home, providing a durable alternative to a long, aluminum gutter extension.This concrete gully carries water from the gutter downspout away from the home, providing a durable alternative to a long, aluminum gutter extension. (original photo link)

    We install gutter systems for homes, including downspouts, throughout South Puget Sound and the Olympia area, but there are limitations with downspout extensions to carry water farther away from a home. Most notably, if we install a long aluminum extension, it is prone to being damaged by being accidentally stepped on, hit with a lawn mower, or even snowed on. It also doesn't blend into landscaping very well.

    Rather than use a long downspout extension, an alternative is to build a small gully to carry the water away. This can be done using off-the-shelf parts from a home improvement store,

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  • Example of Poor Downspout and Drainage

    A gutter system is a cruicial part of your home that collects the water captured by your roof. Without it, rain runs off of your roof, splashes against your house and erodes the ground. Over time, this can result in permature wear and damage to your siding, erosion of your landscaping, and potentially even flooding of your basement or crawl space and damage to the foundation of your home.

    However, just as important as collecting the water from your roof is carrying the water away from the perimeter of your house.

    The picture below, which we found at givemetalk.com, demonstrates how NOT to handle the runoff coming from a downspout. In this photo, water is being collected into a shallow pool of gravel. While this may prevent the water from splashing and eroding the immediate area around the downspout, it doesn't address the distribution of runoff. It's like putting a funnel in a cup and then pouring a gallon of water through: the cup overflows and the water has nowhere to go. The end effect: water will oversaturate the soil underneath the gravel, destabilizing the soil and potentially flooding the crawlspace. Over time, it could even damage the home's foundation.

    bad drainage idea

    At a minimum, this downspout should

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  • Gutters Add Curb Appeal, Market Value to your Home

    New gutters add value, curb appeal and protection for this Olympia property.New gutters add value, curb appeal and protection for this Olympia property.Gutters are not exactly the most glamorous home improvement project, but they are one of the most practical upgrades you can do to maintain the value of your home.

    Gutters in a rainy climate are not just recommended -- they are a necessity. Not only will they keep water from pouring down off of your roof on to you, they will also protect your home from potential water damage. And since working gutters are expected in this climate, they will also increase your home's value.

    When a prospective buyer visits your home, the first thing they do is look at the condition of your yard and the exterior of your home. A poorly maintained home exterior can turn off a buyer even before they set foot inside. If fact, with so many home buyers out there canvassing neighborhoods on their own, they may exclude a house from those they

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  • Unusual Gutter Installations: Carrying Water Away from a Low Area

    We installed this long downspout to carry water away from a poorly installed gutter system that was creating flooding at the rear entrance to this church.We installed this long downspout to carry water away from a poorly installed gutter system that was creating flooding at the rear entrance to this church.At Capitol Gutter, we handle all sorts of gutter installations, from full, new gutter replacement to addition of gutter systems for specific applications. Occasionally we run into unusual situations, like this one at Capital Vision Christian Church, where our goal is to adapt an existing, working gutter system to resolve flooding and overflow issues. 

    The church had an area along the back of their building that, due to the junction of two roof structures, would overflow and flood the ground. Because of the incorrect slope of the existing gutters, water would flow backwards into the corner, rather than away

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Contact Info.

Capitol Gutter, Inc.
(360) 264.4574
PO Box 945
Tenino, Wa. 98589

Serving Greater Olympia,
Thurston, Mason, Lewis counties

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