Spring is in the air, and with that initial warm-up comes the rain.
The first line of defense for any homeowner, when it comes to protecting your house from precipitation, is a great gutter system.
Your gutters collect rainwater runoff and send it flowing away from the house. This is critical when it comes to preventing leaks and moisture damage in and around your home. A great gutter system also includes downspout extensions that keep groundwater from pooling too close to your home. This is especially important if the property around your home is uneven, or on a slant.
The Effects Of A Bad Gutter System
When water is allowed to pool too close to your home, it can increase the likelihood of damage, including:
- Wood rot.
- Moisture build-up under the roof, causing leaks.
- Water build-up inside your home causing mold and mildew.
- Landscape erosion.
- Siding problems or other exterior damage.
Pooling groundwater can also be a health concern, potentially becoming a breeding ground for bacteria and mosquitoes – more reason to keep water flowing away from your home.
A great gutter system is the first line of defense for dealing with the unpredictable Illinois weather. When your gutters are cracked, rusted or sagging, it can be a sign that they are no longer efficiently handling drainage. It is also important to make sure that your gutters are cleaned out and unclogged. Even with the right gutter system, it is important to make sure leaves, sticks and debris are not preventing water flow.
Aside from the obvious benefits of protecting your home with a great gutter system, it can also help your resale value, if you are looking to put your house on the market over the coming years.
To find out more about improving your gutters, talk with the professionals at Oury today.