Rain gutters are considered one of the best investments a homeowner can make and why it's so necessary to properly maintain them. In addition to making sure the gutters are intact one must also keep them clean, especially if there are trees in the area, as debris will build up in the gutters causing them to overflow when it rains. In the spring and fall you may need to check the gutters almost Monthly. If leaves are on the ground they're probably in the gutter too. How often have you raked your leaves only to turn around and see more on the ground? It only takes a handful of leaves to collect over a downspout opening to clog and cause the gutters to overflow, so it's important to make sure the gutters are clean at all times.
Thomas Gutter Service can inspect your gutters for proper installation and drainage away from your home and install Leaf Guards, giving you peace of mind that your gutters are not clogged and running over and causing damage. We offer several types of leaf guards depending on your particular application, all choices are proven products and guaranteed to keep gutters clean.
Most people hate cleaning their gutters so why even bother with it? The guttering system is one of the most important systems on a home. A properly functioning gutter system is designed to combat water damage to your house. Gutters collect the rain from the roof and direct it away from your house. Remarkably, a typical 2,000 square foot roof produces 1,250 gallons of water with only one inch of rainfall!
Without gutters and downspouts working correctly by directing water away from the house, big problems can and will arise. To begin with, roof water running down the side of the house or splashing up from the ground causes damage to landscaping and the home's exterior, resulting in wood rot, water stains, cracking mortar and more frequent painting. However, the most costly problem is water collection around the house's foundation. When the surrounding soil becomes saturated, the water begins to seep toward and into the home's foundation. This results in wet basements and crawl spaces. The water can also apply great pressure to the foundation and eventually cause cracks to appear.
Water damage to the foundation causes high humidity, surface condensation, mold, mildew, and musty odors which are damaging to your health. A foundation damaged by water can result in deterioration of floor joists, beams, and subflooring. Additionally, pools of water near the foundation will erode the soil. This weakens the load bearing capacity of the foundation wall and increases the chances of wall settlement and cracking.
Regular cleaning is vital to prevent overflowing gutters. If debris is on the ground it's also in the gutters. Cleaning may be necessary even two to three times a week when the trees are dropping seeds and leaves in the spring and fall.
The gutter system on your home protects its exterior and foundation. The main reason why guttering systems fail is they become clogged with tree debris or bird nests. If they are still overflowing when clean, a wider gutter and/or downspout may be needed to handle the water flow. Make sure that the downspouts direct water at least six feet from the foundation. Make sure that once the water leaves the downspouts the slope of the soil continues to drain the water to the street or a rain garden away from the foundation. Your guttering system and its proper function is vital to your home's structure.
After another cold and snowy winter, the last thing you probably want to do this spring is climb your ladder to clean your gutters. Here are several reasons why this unpopular seasonal chore is vital to the well-being of a healthy home.
The #1 cause of flooded basements and foundation damage is clogged gutters. When gutters clog, water is unable to flow freely, which results in the gutters filling with water and cascading over the front and back edges of the gutter. Overflowing water will stream down a home's exterior walls and seep into the ground below. If your home has a basement or crawl space, the water will find naturally occurring cracks in the foundation and enter the structure. If you have window wells, water can accumulate in the wells and seep through the window openings or broken seals around the window frames. As the ground becomes saturated, excess water will pool around the foundation until the ground can absorb it. The presence of excessive moisture around a foundation can lead to mold and mildew problems, which is costly to remediate, potentially hazardous to your home and health, and can adversely affect your home's resale value.
If left unchecked, clogged gutters can cause wood rot on your home's facia boards, soffits and eaves. When this occurs, gutters must be removed from your home so the damaged wood can be replaced. Clogged gutters are also a popular breeding ground for mosquitoes! The simple way to avoid these problems is to clean your gutters on a regular basis or add gutter guards that will permanently keep leaves and debris out of your gutters.
Each homeowner will have a different cleaning schedule based on the number and type of trees, and proximity of the trees to the house. In some cases, you may have to clean your gutters monthly, while other homeowners only have to do it a few times a year. The easiest way to see if your gutters are clogged is to visually inspect them and watch what happens when it rains. If you see water spilling over the gutters, then you know they are clogged and need to take action. Check the gutters seasonally to make sure they are flowing properly.
The two most important times to check and clean gutters are during the spring and fall. As trees and shrubs blossom in the spring, they drop flowers, seeds, and other organic matter that can quickly build-up in and clog your gutters. You may have to clean your gutters several times during the spring to keep them flowing properly. When leaves shed from trees in the fall, plan to clean the gutters again. It is very important that you clean your gutters before winter; otherwise, snow and ice is more likely to build-up in your gutters. Accumulating snow and ice can cause icicles to form on your gutters, and the excessive weight of the wet, compacted leaves and debris with the ice and snow can literally pull the gutters off of your home.