When gutter issues are ignored and repairs are skipped or delayed, your property is exposed to far more than a small amount of water and moisture buildup. Water backed up in a blocked gutter can leak into other portions of the house, including the foundation, producing water damage that jeopardizes the house’s structural integrity and necessitates expensive repairs and replacement (and can be a lot more expensive if the water damage has led to other problems that can worsen pre-existing issues). What are the common reasons behind gutter damage? Window and door contractor Polk Contracting Inc is here to tell you!
Clogged gutters are definitely common among many households, especially during fall. Moss buildup, leaves, seeds and other organic material from surrounding trees fall into gutters. Since they’re organic material, they tend to rot, and when they do, they stick onto your gutters and can even break down into slimy, goopy, black muck that is hard to remove or blow out. Clean out your gutters on a regular basis to avoid gutter obstruction, and frequently get your roof repaired and maintained.
To direct the flow of water to the ground, the exit from the gutter to the rainwater pipe should be the lowest point of the system. A gutter that has been placed incorrectly may prevent water from draining properly, resulting in gutter damage that puts other parts of your home at risk of sustaining water or moisture damage due to improper diversion of water. Remember, always choose reputable gutter and siding contractors to do external work on your home, as their reputation alone is an indication of their excellent workmanship.
Dislodged Joints and Insufficient Number of Pipes
Joints, corners, and end caps are all susceptible to breaking or becoming dislodged. Look for anything that appears to be crooked, cracked, or out of place in your gutters, and if in doubt, always consult the opinion of professionals through a gutter inspection. The amount of rainwater pipes you’ll need is determined by the size of your home, which will also determine the length of gutters you’ll need for a functional gutter system. As a general guideline, no more than 15 meters of gutter should discharge into a single rainwater pipe.
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