Making an effort to maintain and clean out your downspouts and gutters prolongs the life of your roof, saving you a lot of money on costly repairs. When gutters are working properly, water is channeled away from your house. However, clogs due to debris buildup, rust or unfastened gutters can cause the water to be channeled directly down towards your foundation. This can cause all kinds of damage, from weakened fascia to mold to settling walls.
The major purpose of gutters and downspouts on your home is to divert rain water, ice and snow away from your foundation. That is why it is so important to keep them cleaned out and maintained to prevent ice damns in colder temperatures and excess moisture buildup year round.
4 COSTLY REASONS TO KEEP YOUR GUTTERS CLEAN:
- KEEP WATER OUT OF YOUR BASEMENT. When gutters and downspouts are clogged or not performing well, they allow water to collect along your home and flow directly down to your home’s foundation. Gutters and downspouts that are working properly work to channel water away from your home.
- KEEP MOLD OUT OF YOUR HOME. Where water collects, moisture collects, and mold grows…
- KEEP MOSQUITOS AWAY. Standing water pooled in your gutters attracts mosquitoes, which could foster a breeding ground for unwanted illnesses.
- KEEP COSTLY REPAIRS AWAY. Too much water can be invasive, overpowering normal seams in the roof, siding, and windows, and creating a much bigger, more costly repair than normal gutter cleaning and maintenance could have prevented.
While most gutter and drainage systems can be maintained by the owner, homeowners that are too busy or unable to clean out their gutter will contact a gutter repair and roofing company to perform the inspection and maintenance for them. Not only is this a safer option, but having a professional roofing contractor perform a full inspection of both the roof and water drainage system at the same time can alleviate costly repairs down the road.
Also, if you happen to live in a heavily wooded area you may want to consider investing in gutter guards to avoid the consistent clogging and debris buildup that can occur in such situations.
Have your gutters have reached their lifespan? Why not invest in seamless gutters, they have become an industry standard when upgrading a home’s gutter system.
If you are need of gutter repairs, maintenance or replacement, get in touch with Ferris Home Improvement of Delaware, we offer great results at a more affordable price than our competitors.