There are several reasons why gutter care is essential, and yet it is one of those jobs that often gets neglected. Taking care of your gutters will help to extend their life and will also ensure that they work properly.
The purpose of gutters is to draw water away from your home. It is important that water always be diverted away from critical areas of your home, and gutters help direct water where you want it to go. Gutters help prevent water from pooling around the foundation, which can seep into your home, causing extensive and expensive damage.
If your gutters are clogged with dirt and debris such as sediment and leaves, water will begin to overflow and spill out over the sides rather than draining to a more desirable location. If there is too much water trapped in your gutters, this will also cause them to bend and even become detached from the side of your house. If water is still trapped in your gutters during colder months, it is likely this water will freeze and cause lasting damage as it expands. Loose and unstable gutters are also dangerous as they can come down at any time, causing damage to your home as well as to you and your family.
The best way to avoid the headache and costs associated with unkempt gutters is to keep them clean. You should clean them at least twice a year. Spring and Fall are good times to clean them out. Be sure to also look for any gaps or holes. Look for rusty spots and any areas where gutters have come away from your home. Downspouts can often become detached from the rest of the gutter system, so be sure to check those as well.
If you have large trees near your gutters that drop their leaves every Fall, it may be a good investment to get covers installed over your gutter system. This is one investment that you are sure to reap the benefits of almost immediately. Or, if during your inspection you found rusting or damage, take advantage of the Fall season to make needed repairs before the harsh Winter hits. Our team at Innovative Builders is eager to help you make the needed upgrades and repairs your gutters need. And if they are ever in need of it, we will be there to help you replace them as well. Give us a call today to schedule a free estimate!
By Innovative Builders 10-12-2020