Gutters are a very important aspect of the home. They protect your house and foundation from water damage including leaks, stains, siding damage, and flooding. By channeling the rain away from the house and to a drainage point, the foundation of your home is kept stable. But this doesn’t happen automatically. Gutters need to be installed properly and maintained regularly to do their job right.
Cleaning and Maintaining
Your gutters and downspouts need to be cleaned out twice yearly, once in the spring and then again in the fall. If this is not done, you could cost yourself thousands of dollars in damage to your home. Gutters need to be able to effectively move water down from the roof and away from the house and foundation. When they get clogged with leaves, ice, or debris, the water can drain into the walls and ceilings, causing all kinds of problems. The weight of the wet leaves and debris can also cause trouble by putting stress on the gutters and support that holds them. If the gutters can’t handle the weight, they can crack or break off of the house and crash to the ground, damaging anything in their path. Paint and siding on your house can be stained or chipped. If water gets into your walls, it could cause rotting, mildew, and warping. When water in the gutters freezes, the ice can press against the side of the house and leak into or crack the structure, which could also lead to flooding. This being said, it’s extremely important to hire a trustworthy professional to clear your gutters and do the job right.
Experts can check to be sure that all gutters and downspouts are in prime position to do their job effectively, draining to the most beneficial point. If they are not in optimal position, it can cause pooling of water and flooding beneath the downspout area. Downspouts should be at least five feet away from the home’s foundation. Experts are able to reroute your system so that your home is safe from any potential damage.
Covers can end up saving you time and money that you would normally spend for repairs and maintenance on your gutters. They are sturdy, durable, and able to handle heavy rains while keeping your gutters clear. They are able to keep snow, ice, leaves, and other debris from entering your gutters. This allows any amount of water to flow freely and safely away from the home and out the downspout. Investing in gutter covers reduces how often you need to clean out your gutters. While it is still very important to keep them clean and check on them periodically, the work you need to put into them will be much less frequent and time consuming.
Though gutters are an essential part of maintaining your yard and home, they are often overlooked or pushed to the back burner of your to do list. If you need gutter repair, assistance cleaning or rerouting, or if you haven’t been keeping up regular maintenance, Hedrick Construction can help by offering you professional, experienced, and thorough gutter cleaning and repair services.