Gutter maintenance is often a difficult chore for many homeowners. For this reason, and because it’s often a time-consuming activity, gutter maintenance is often procrastinated.
Roofing gutters are necessary to take care of for a properly functioning drainage system. Without efficient cleaning and maintenance twice a year at the least, there are some common gutter problems that may wreak havoc on your home:
- Clogged gutters
Clogged gutters are one of the biggest problems among homeowners. When a gutter system is clogged with leaves and debris, the water can become backed up and may result in basement flooding. Clogged gutters can also result in roof damage, foundation damage, erosion, siding damage, and ice dams during the winter.
- Defective pitch
The gutter pitch is what helps the water in your gutters flow to the downspouts. When the pitch is defective, it prevents the water from properly flowing and causes standing water. Without maintenance, this standing water can cause support system damage, siding damage, erosion, and roof damage.
- Missing splash blocks
When water leaves your gutters, it needs to have a place to run off. Your splash block directs the water away from your property once it’s left the downspout. Without a splash block, the water from your downspout can build up around the area and cause basement flooding, mildew, and foundation damage.
- Downspouts in the wrong place
Sometimes the problem isn’t your splash block, but instead your downspouts themselves. If your downspouts are in the wrong place or there aren’t enough of them around your home, water can build up along the outside of your house. This can cause siding damage and problems with your foundation if left untreated.
- Loose gutters
Gutters that are loosely fixed to the house allow water to freely flow along the roof. This lets water into the siding, doors, windows, roof, and foundation. If left unrepaired, the mold and structural damage to your home could be disastrous. Fortunately, a home gutter installation is as simple as contacting a residential gutter installation service.
If your gutter systems are beyond repair or have reached the age where they’re no longer functional, it may be time to seek a new home gutter installation. For more information on home gutter installation and gutter replacement, contact Northwest Rain Gutters today.