Most homeowners don’t spend a lot of time thinking about their gutters but understanding their importance may prevent costly home repair bills in the future.
Gutters funnel water off the roof and away from your home, which protects your 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 blocked, 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 flooding
- Cracked/damaged foundation
- Erosion that can leave foundations exposed
- Staining on exterior walls and fascia boards
- Paint damage
You don’t have to live in an area that experiences extreme weather conditions to suffer the effects of clogged or damaged gutters. A simple maintenance routine will keep your gutters working properly and avoid the problems outlined above. Gutters should be cleaned twice a year. Have your gutters checked to make sure they aren’t pulling away from the house? If you are cleaning the gutters yourself, make sure you check for rusted spots, dents, and holes.