Your gutters may look like inconsequential additions to your home that you may feel are somewhat helpful to steering rainwater away from your head when you are walking on your home's walkways. However, this isn't even their intended purpose, but it is just an added benefit. Here is everything you should know about the gutters, so you will gain a newfound respect for them and see the importance of having them repaired as soon as damage is spotted.
What it would be like without gutters
Your roof gets pounded by rain and gravity luckily causes that rain to fall from the roof. However, without a gutter to catch that rain, it would run directly off the roof where it would take its toll on the house. The rainwater would land at the foundation of your home. This would cause the following issues:
- Staining of your exterior walls
- Erosion to eaves and bottom portion of your exterior walls
- Water damage to the roof and eventually the attic
- Foundation damage
- Basement flooding
How gutters prevent issues like the ones mentioned above
Gutters catch rainwater and the water travels in the gutters to the downspouts. The downspouts are the parts of the gutters that you see running down the exterior corners of your home that empty the water away from your home. Steering the water from the home prevents all the above problems. The one thing you have to do for the downspouts to perform their job correctly is to make sure the water being emptied is draining away from your home by making sure it is allowed to go downhill and not pooling near the house. You can ensure proper draining by doing the following:
- Keeping items out of the drainage area
- Not planting anything in the direct area
- Removing dirt that has prevented a downhill drainage angle
How you know there are problems with your gutters
When it rains, you should be able to see water coming out of the downspouts. This tells you the water is flowing freely through the gutters. You may also determine there are problems by noting the following:
- Puddles under the gutters
- Dents in the gutters or downspouts
- Visible gaps
- Rusted areas
- Bent pieces
- Dirty wet streaks on your home's exterior wall
What to do when you see problems
If you have any reason to believe there are issues with your gutters, then you want someone to fix them soon. Putting off repairs will increase your chances of having all of those problems mentioned happening to your home.
For more information, contact a gutter service in your area.