Out of sight, out of mind. This is a phrase that can be applied to many things, including your gutters. But it should not be. After all, failing to properly maintain your gutters could lead to hefty repairs and unwanted problems. At Innovative Builders, we are dedicated to providing homeowners with the knowledge they need to care for their homes. That is why today we want to go over what the purpose of gutters are and how you can maintain them well.
Simply put, gutters divert water away from your home. Why is this so important? Well, because we know that water can be incredibly damaging. If not diverted, water can find its way into your home, causing huge amounts of damage. Rot, basement flooding, and paint damage can all be a result. In addition, water can also do massive damage to your foundation if allowed to pool. It can cause erosion as well as damage to your landscaping.
Unfortunately, everything requires regular care in order to keep it in ideal shape. Your gutters are no different. Things to look for when surveying your gutters are holes, gaps, as well as making sure your gutters are properly pitched towards your downspouts. Be sure that your gutters are not sagging or pulling away from your home. If they are, it is time to repair.
The number one reason why gutters fail, though, is actually due to clogs. Dead leaves, Frisbees, branches, these can all block the proper path for water to drain away. When this happens, water will find a way to escape, one way or another. This could be through your fascia, roof, or down into your foundation.
The solution to clogged or damaged gutters is relatively simple. A: carefully unclog debris from gutters yourself. Be sure to use extreme caution, however, when working from heights. And B: hire a professional. Innovative Builders would be happy to walk you through your gutter options. We care about our neighbors and their homes. That is why we wish to not just repair your home, but to upgrade the value of it. Give us a call today to schedule a free estimate!
By Innovative Builders 3-9-2020