Rain gutter maintenance is one of the most important house maintenance tasks to perform on the exterior of your property. Neglecting gutter maintenance might result in damage and costly repairs of the soffit, fascia, house wall (exterior and interior), roof decking surfaces, and other structures surrounding your property. The roof gutter is a narrow channel that runs around the edges of the roof of your house that collects rainwater and channels it away into a gutter or water tank. In this way, your roof gutter is a vital component to protecting your house’s roofing and foundation from water damage and any other knock on effects this may cause. There are a number of reasons that it is paramount to keep your rain gutters clean.
First and foremost the rain gutter collects water and prevents it from running down the walls and damaging the base of your house. Moreover by reducing the amount of rain flow that runs down the side of your house you will also reduce the amount of time the paint on your wall is exposed to the elements, meaning that the paint on your house keeps for longer. Also, if the rain were allowed to pool in at the base of the house it could potentially cause flooding in your basement or any other low lying areas.
Another potential problem that can arise is that if the foundation of your house was to get too wet due to the excess rainfall it would lead to mold and mildew developing, and, if not treated could lead to cracking on the walls and subsequent potential structural damage to your house which could lead to a lot of money to correct this problem.
One of the biggest problems with rain gutters is that they are prone to having materials and debris blocking up the narrow tracks in the gutter. If the gutters are not cleaned it can cause a knock on effect whereby the debris such as leaves will block up the gutters and will prevent the water from flowing away from the house, when this happens the water will begin to overflow and run down the side of your house. If this is allowed to continue the continued weight of the water will cause the gutters to pull apart, meaning that your house will have no protection from the continued rainwater.
Therefore if you have a blocked, deteriorated or damaged rain gutter you may be at risk of potential water damage to the rest of your house. Therefore keeping your gutters maintained is vital to protecting the rest of your house.
You should therefore take measures to keep your rain gutters cleaned to prevent any damages caused by rainwater. There are two options in cleaning roof gutters either a) doing it yourself or b) getting a professional to clean and maintain your gutter for you. Both are viable methods depending on whether you want to spend money to clean your gutters.
Cleaning and maintain your gutters involves removing any excess debris from the gutters and enabling the water to flow cleanly down the gutters. Also by maintaining and checking the fittings are not loose on your gutters you will prevent the gutter from collapsing and allowing water to flow down the sides of your house.
Rain guttering is often overlooked when it comes to maintaining and preventing damage to your house, however as has been shown failure to pay attention to your gutters can lead to adverse effects to the rest of your house.
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2 thoughts on “Importance of Using and Maintaining Your Rain Gutters”
Thank you for explaining the importance of gutters and how they protect your home. This is especially important for me to consider since our house is in a part of the country that experiences a lot of rain and we haven’t paid much attention to our system for such a long time. It would probably be best if I can find a contractor in the area that can get us a brand new gutter system before any more rainy weather comes along.
I never knew that adding a couple of gutters to your roofing system can help improve its rain and storm-proofing capabilities. I have a friend who wants to ensure that his home is ready for any weather-related nuances that he might face. I’ll probably recommend that he try to look for a gutter expert for his home in the future.