Your gutters are a complex system of integrated components that perform a significant and important part of water evacuation. If your gutter systems are not operating properly, tremendous damage can occur. Typically gutters and water evacuation include: Proper flashing or counter flashing from your roof eaves, gutters, downspouts, splash blocks, or storm drains and dry wells. Every component depends on each other to perform properly to enable successful operation.
Are your gutters leaking, sagging from weight, improperly fastened or just plain full of debris? Cleaning gutters are an important part of your maintenance schedule. The protection gutters create can easily become problematic and work against the dynamic they were designed for. Backed up gutters can cause water intrusion at the roof line damaging soffits, siding, rafters and fasciae resulting in moisture extending into the interior of your home. Needless to say, properly functioning gutters preserve the integrity, while improperly maintained gutters can cause massive damage. Gutters can be fairly simple to maintain providing the height is within your comfort zone. However, professional services are readily available to perform this task usually at a pretty reasonable cost.
Downspouts and storm drains. Cleaning gutters should always include properly maintaining downspouts. Clogs can occur in downspouts causing overflow at the gutters and may eventually cause stoppages in lines leading to storm drains or drywells. A worst case scenario would be saturation of soils in or near your foundation causing unwanted moisture to migrate into crawlspaces or basements. Erosion is also a concern when drainage components do not function as designed.
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