As anyone who has dealt with rain gutters in the past is well aware, these are vital protective items for both a home and the surrounding property. Quality rain gutters protect both the home and several related areas from various water damage and other issues, but by the same token, damaged or broken rain gutters risk significant deterioration and related concerns throughout your property.
At Wizard Rain Gutters, we proudly offer a wide variety of rain gutter repair and installation services to ensure your structure is never at risk of such deterioration. In this two-part blog series, we’ll go over several of the risks you expose your structure to if you do not maintain quality rain gutters, whether it’s allowing them to clog or other concerns.
Among the central functions of any rain gutter system is diverting water away from the home when it’s present, which is accomplished through proper downspout alignment and related factors. But if there are problems with the gutter system, whether due to this alignment being out of whack, cracks forming or some other concern, the gutters may fail to move all water away from the foundation of the home.
In these situations, the potential for costly and significant foundation damage goes way up. Water may seep in and flood various sections of the foundation, leading to cracking, splitting and other issues. These issues are not cheap to repair if they do crop up, and can also have a major impact on home value.
Another effect that may take place due to improper gutter alignment or drainage is flooding in your home’s basement. The same water that seeps in and impacts the foundation may also make its way into the basement – even in huge, flood-worthy amounts if you aren’t careful. This can lead to major water damage and related concerns.
In many homes, a fascia system made of wood is in place to hold up the gutter system. This is a fine setup – unless, of course, the gutters are allowed to clog and overflow, in which case water may impact this wood and begin to rot it over time. This is an even worse concern if your home has wood siding, which will be impacted in similar ways and may lead to major structural damage.
In other cases, water runoff that isn’t being directly properly from the gutters may spill onto elements of your garden or landscape. There are several potential areas that will be negatively impacted by such moisture increases, whether we’re talking soil areas that deal with compaction, rock paths that become unsafe or numerous others.
For more on the property deterioration risks you face if you do not have a quality gutter system in place, or to learn about any of our rain gutter replacement or cleanout services, speak to the staff at Wizard Rain Gutters today.