Apr 6, 2012
Gutters do more than make it easier to get in and out of your home during rain. They serve to manage water flow around your home. When rain hits your house it gathers like a river by the time it leaves your roof - unlike the way it is evenly scattered as it hits your lawn.
Poorly installed, damaged or missing gutters can cause extensive damage to your home, doors, windows, landscaping and especially to your foundation. I've seen the results or poor gutters in many home inspections and it always seems to be a shock to the homeowners.
Without properly functioning gutters and downspouts, the soil surrounding your home’s foundation becomes saturated during heavy rains and it can lead to major damage. Clogged gutters are just as bad or even worse than no gutters at all. They can cause water to flow back into the facia of the house and produce water damage, wood rot, and masonry damage. If your gutters are not allowing water to flow at the correct slope, they can be a breeding ground for mosquitoes and mold.
This is the time of year to clean your gutters and check that they are functioning properly. You can only really do this from a ladder. Check for bird nests, clogs, ... and damage. The cost of hiring someone to do it will save you money in the long run. [where: 75230]