How Proper Gutter Maintenance Can Protect Your Home & Save You Money

home with gutters

The gutters of the home help to keep rain from settling against the edges of the roof. If the gutters become clogged with leaves and other debris, then they won’t drain rain away as they should. This could cause distress to the roof, resulting in money being spent on unnecessary repairs that wouldn’t need to be made if the system were maintained properly.

Frowning On the Foundation 

Although it might not seem like the foundation would be affected by gutters that are clogged or not working as they should, this is an area of the home that can see significant damage if the gutters don’t drain. The water can settle along the foundation or even drain to the foundation and seep through cracks. This can cause the foundation to crack or buckle, which would make areas of the home swag or shift.

Losing the Landscape

After planting flowers in the yard and creating a beautiful landscape, water that doesn’t flow through the gutters properly can ruin your efforts. A roofing company, such as Berwald Roofing Inc, can come to the home to discuss what you can do about the gutters and repair any issues that are seen. You can sometimes redirect the way that the gutters drain so that the water doesn’t pour out over areas of the yard that could result in costly makeovers.

Mildew and Mold

One of the things that you might notice around the edge of the roof and along the sides of the home is that mold and mildew will begin to grow if the gutters don’t drain as they should. This can pose a health hazard if it gets out of hand. The water will begin to pour down the walls of the home instead of running out the end of the gutters if there is debris in the gutters that isn’t cleaned.

Barren Basements

When water has nowhere to go, it could end up in the basement as it runs down the side of the home. If there is a significant amount of water for a long period of time, it can cause quite a bit of damage to the basement as this is the bottom area of the home. This can lead to a basement that sits empty until the gutters and the problems is fixed.

The gutter system is one that is easy to keep clean and maintained. All you have to do is check the connections to the home and remove leaves and other items that are in the system. This will save you money that is spent on repairs to the foundation and other areas that see rain pouring over the sides of the gutters.