The importance of protecting your home from water damage cannot be overstated. Water damage can infiltrate your home’s structure and cause mold or mildew to form in various spots where dampness is a problem.
A good rain gutter and downspout system is essential to making sure rainwater doesn’t damage your home’s foundation, its windows, doors, siding, roof, and other vulnerable areas. Here’s how a rain gutter system performs this task, and some tips on knowing whether or not the gutters you’re considering will work.
How a Rain Gutter Works
Rain gutters capture the water that rushes off of your roof during a rain shower. They carry the water to the downspouts, where it is then deposited safely away from your home’s foundation. Gutters and downspouts stop water from running down the side of your house. If the water were allowed to tumble down the side of your home, you might see damage to window casings, door thresholds, siding, and even the underlying structure. Constant exposure to standing water can also cause severe problems with the foundation or basement.
Recognizing Good Gutters
Gutters that will work like they should are wide and deep enough to carry the water away from your home’s roof. They may also have a filter or cap over the top so that debris is washed away, rather than into the gutter. There are many different materials that are suitable for gutters, as well as many different styles available from which to choose. Because it can be difficult for homeowners to recognize what will work best for their homes, it’s important to get input from a professional gutter company.
Calling in the Professionals
Gutters that aren’t the right size can cause lots of problems, as can those made of inferior materials or aren’t properly installed. Old gutters can also become problematic; most gutter systems should be replaced after no more than 15 years.
Call an experienced gutter company if you notice these conditions:
- Standing water is present near your foundation (and possibly also in the basement)
- Gutters seem to be overflowing
- Gutters are pulling away from the house
- Gutters show obvious signs of wear and tear
At Quality Gutter Systems, we know gutters, and we’re standing by to help you get a great new rain gutter system for your home. Contact us today for your free estimate!Read: How Gutter Guards Protect Your Home