Poorly maintained gutters can lead to a host of problems in and around a home. The main job of a gutter system is to control the flow of water around the home during a rainstorm. They guide water away from the home to ensure that it doesn't settle and cause damage. To better understand how to keep their gutter system in prime condition, homeowners should understand the risks a faulty system poses. Informed homeowners will be able to take the necessary precautions to maintain their system and avoid having to call Essex County roofers for a repair.
One of the biggest dangers of improperly routed water is foundation damage. Water that pools around the foundation of the home can cause it to weaken and crack. This is especially true when wintertime comes around. If the foundation already has cracks from water damage, water can enter the cracks and freeze. As it freezes, it will expand and make matters worse.
To avoid water settling near the foundation, homeowners should ensure that their downspout is always free of debris. Leaves, twigs, and other debris can easily collect in the downspout, making it difficult for the water to pass through. If it is not cleared, the water will collect, eventually causing the downspout to leak.
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Regular cleanings with a hose will ensure that water can always flow freely as a spray with a high powered hose down the spout will loosen most debris.
Wood rot is another danger of faulty gutters. Clogged gutters will cause water to overflow and backup. The water can collect onto the roof, near the foundation and along a home's siding. One of the more common areas that experience wood rot is the roof fascia. Gutters are often attached to the fascia directly. Pooled water will penetrate the fascia board, eventually rotting it out.
It's important to regularly clean gutters to avoid leaks and water buildup. Homeowners can manually remove debris from the gutter system or hire a professional to do so. There are also a number of devices available that make quick work of the task. Cleaning should be done on a regular basis to ensure that the debris doesn't form a clog. Debris can also affect the condition of the gutters if it rots out.
To avoid a massive buildup of debris, homeowners can get a guard installed. This is a great option for homeowners who have many tall trees around their home. Guards are installed onto the gutter and prevent larger debris from getting through. While there are many types of guards available, they generally consist of screens or grates. They allow water to easily pass through, retaining the effectiveness of the gutter system. They protect the gutter system while decreasing the system's overall maintenance requirements.