Although many disregard them due to their seemingly subtle role, gutters are your home’s first line of defense against water damage. Namely, if your gutters are damaged or failing, leaks will soon follow.
Here’s just how much damage leaky gutters can cause, as well as what you can do to prevent it.
As you probably already know, gutters direct rain and stormwater away from your roof and your house’s foundation. They also prevent mold, mildew, and water damage from penetrating your home.
In case your gutters become damaged, they can cause a wide range of safety issues for your home. For starters, they can lead to water damage in your basement, which can then easily transfer to the rest of your home.
As a result of water damage, mold, and mildew can easily appear and breed in your walls and foundation. That can, in turn, cause health problems for you and your family.
Next, faulty gutters may also lead to structural issues, especially if water gets inside your home’s foundation. The signs will be subtle at first, such as peeling exterior paint, corroded siding, rust, and rot. With time, they can develop into more serious problems, including cracks in your walls and foundation.
In most cases, leaky and faulty gutters will show clear signs of damage. You should look out for:
- Sagging gutters
- Gutters that retain water instead of draining it
- Visible cracks on the gutters
- Erosion on your home’s exterior near the gutters
- Big puddles of water near your foundation after storms
- Bent or cracked gutters
- Water stays on your roof instead of going through the gutters
- Visibly clogged gutters.
- Water spilling over the sides of the gutters
To resolve any of these issues, you should call Tadlock Roofing, your trusted gutter and roof service. And to prevent this from happening again, you should join our Roof Preventative Maintenance (RPM) Program.
By doing proper and regular checkups on your roof (including your gutters), you can easily avoid costly repairs. In addition, you can preserve your roof and have it serve you for decades. Joining our RPM program is the best way to do so, as you’ll ensure we do timely repairs and cleanouts at least once a year.
Whether your gutters just need a good cleaning or your home is due for a complete gutter replacement, we are here to help. Plus, we will also give you safety and maintenance tips that you can use to prevent future problems with ease.
Give us a call and let us take care of your gutters and roof for you!