How important do you view the gutter system attached to your home? If you’re not inspecting and providing it with maintenance at least once per season, then you’re going to regret it when you’re paying the repair bills for your home. One of the many things in your home that benefits from an effective gutter system — your basement!
What Are Gutters Designed to Do?
Gutter systems are designed to collect rainwater from the roof, and redirect it away from your home. Gutters that are clogged, cracked, misaligned, or without enough slope can cause a whole slew of problems. These problems include roof leaks, flooding, foundation damage, etc. — all of which can cost a lot of money to repair.
When rainwater can be effectively channeled from the roof to the ground below (multiple feet from the house), you’re in good shape! However, if there are any cracks, holes, blockages, misalignments, or improper slope in the gutters, water can begin pooling at the base of the house. Eventually this water can shift the soil around your home and cause the foundation to become unstable. This can lead to uneven support of your home with possible cracks forming at the base of the house.
Not only will the ground outside of your home begin pooling with water, but so will your basement! Any foundation damage sustained from property flooding can cause the water to begin pouring into your basement. By simply ensuring your gutter system is properly installed, maintained, and cleared, you could save yourself thousands of dollars in water damage restoration bills.
The gutters on your home do more than collect rainwater — they prevent the rest of your home from becoming damaged and flooded. When you need your gutters repaired or replaced, contact Preferred Exterior. To learn more or to schedule a free estimate, give us a call at (516) 354-7252.