If you were concerned about your health, you wouldn't focus only on one part of your body. You need to give the proper amount of care to each part. Your home is the same way. Proper home maintenance requires you to spend a lot of time and care on many different features of your home. Don't spend 99% of your maintenance time and effort addressing the driveway, you have to focus on the yard, the attic, plumbing, gutters, and all the other aspects of your property. Neglecting some of these aspects can cause extreme problems to your home and can damage both your property and your bank account, and neglecting to properly clean gutters is one of the biggest mistakes a homeowner can make, with all kinds of unexpected issues stemming from it.
For instance, basement water issues would typically have you checking on the ground for the source of your issue, but they are often a result of gutter problems. When the gutters are backed up, the water from the roof overflows and then accumulates around the foundation of the house instead of being dispersed out into the yard. This can then lead to basement flooding.
Even if your gutters aren’t clogged, if your downspouts are incorrectly installed or become diverted in any way, it can also create drainage issues. Because of this, it’s very important to make sure your home's downspout extensions from your gutters are not directed too close to your home or at your neighbors home. They should be directed toward the road, back yard, or the back lane, anywhere away from your neighbor's home and your own. Be sure to direct the flow from the downspout extensions at least 1.8 meters away from your home as well.
Gutter issues can also cause long term damage to your roof, requiring costly replacements more often. Water can back up into the wood and cause rot. Because of this, one the most important aspect of proper roof maintenance is making sure the gutters stay clean.
Another unexpected issue that can stem from poor gutter maintenance is mold buildup in your home. Standing water in your gutters or on your roof caused by incorrect drainage seeps into the building material of your roof or walls, which creates an ideal environment for mold growth. The Environmental Protection Agency stated that a large variety of mold types have the potential to cause negative health effects. In some rare instances, this can lead to death and severe diseases. Prevent this mold buildup with regular gutter maintenance.
Working with gutter installation and repair services can ensure the highest quality of gutter safety for you and your entire family. Preventing physical and financial disasters like basement flooding and mold growth are a huge benefit of proper gutter maintenance, and allows you and your family to have a healthy and happy home. Call us today for your gutter inspection.