WHY ARE GUTTERS IMPORTANT?
Gutters funnel water off of the roof and away from your home, which protects your siding, windows, doors and foundation from water damage. While that sounds important, many homeowners don't realize how much damage can occur when their gutters are clogged, leaking, or broken. When gutters aren't functioning properly, rainwater runs off the roof of the house and collects on the ground near the foundation. Heavy rains can result in standing pools of water, which can cause a multitude of problems.
- Gutters protect your home from:
- Home and basement flooding
- Cracked/damaged foundation
- Infestations - Mosquitoes and other insects breed in standing water
- Mold - overflowing gutters create an environment for mold to flourish in crawlspaces and basements
- Erosion: Topsoil protects the foundation of your home. If water is not correctly diverted away from your home the topsoil will erode and leave your foundation vulnerable.
- Staining to the exterior of your home fascia, soffit, wood framing and outside walls as well as decks, patios, driveways and walkways
- Paint damage
- Rotting/Rusting of exterior building products
- Damage to landscaping – fungi can damage or kill your flowers and trees
Gutters should be cleaned twice a year, in early spring and late fall. Have your gutters checked to be sure they aren't pulling away from the house.