Life would be a lot easier if you could complete your gutter installations and forget they even existed. Unfortunately, things are not that simple. Gutters play an important but underappreciated role in keeping your house healthy and safe. However, gutters can become clogged or damaged. In such a state, the gutters will not be helpful in getting rid of rainwater. This gives rise to several health and safety concerns for you and your family.
Common Gutter Problems
If you have gutters around your building, there are several common problems that you'll need to keep an eye out for. These are:
Blockages: Gutters and downspouts can become clogged quite frequently. When this happens, the gutters will not be able to efficiently drain rainwater. Debris such as leaves, moss, twigs, or even dead animals can be behind these blockages.
Sagging: A gutter can sag because it's either being weighed down or because the screws and supporting brackets are in a bad state. When debris is allowed to accumulate in the gutter, it can result in sagging.
Leaking Joints: Leaks in gutters will usually occur around the joints. This can be as a result of wear and tear or poor installation. The leaky joint can also be the result of debris getting caught in between the gutter sections.
The Dangers of Poor Gutters
When gutters can't properly drain water, there are several problems that can arise in and around your house. These include:
Leaking roofs: If gutters don't drain rainwater quickly enough, some of it will accumulate near the top of your house. Water is very insidious and, given time, will eventually find its way through the roof and into your home.
Insects: Poor drainage leads to accumulation of moisture in parts of the home. Moisture almost always attracts certain bugs.
Structural damage: Without the gutters to direct the water to proper drainage channels, the water can find its way into the foundation of your house causing cracks. Elements made from water e.g. walls and floors can also be damaged.
How to Deal with Gutters
The best way to prevent gutter related problems is to keep your gutters clean. Doing this at least once a year is a good idea. Professional gutter installation and cleaning services may be necessary for tall buildings, as cleaning and repairing these types of gutters comes with considerable risks. You should also see to it that the gutters are repaired if necessary.