Benefits of Gutters
During a rainstorm, gutters divert rainwater to a designated area through a downspout. This system serves a vital role in protecting the integrity of your home and yard. If gutters are clogged or not present, water from the roof runs off and pools around the foundation. This, in turn, can cause significant damage to a home’s foundation, including leaks, cracks, mold, and shifting. Similarly, rainwater that is not properly diverted can pool in low-lying areas in the yard and damage landscaping.
Dangers Posed by Clogged Gutters
In addition to foundation and lawn damage, clogged gutters can also take a toll on your roof. Over time, freestanding water will back up onto the roof and create leaks. Similarly, overflowing gutters can rot wooden fascia boards, trusses, and other wooden structures in the home. This kind of damage is costly to repair and significantly impacts the structural integrity of a home. And, as you might have suspected, all of this water will lead to mold and water damage in the home’s roof, attic, and walls.
To protect your home from damage, a solid gutter cleaning routine is essential. If you live in an area with a lot of trees, you should clean the gutters every three to four months. Alternatively, for those in areas with fewer trees, bi-annual cleanings are likely sufficient. When cleaning the gutters, take care to flush the downspouts as well. If the downspout is clogged, water will back up into the gutters and overflow.
If you suspect leaky gutters have taken a toll on your home, schedule a home inspection with CalPro. Our inspectors will fully evaluate the home’s structure, including the foundation, basement, attic, and roof. If clogged gutters have caused damage to your home, we’ll find it. We also offer thermal imaging inspections, which can detect hidden roof leaks, and mold testing. For all of your home inspection needs in Sacramento, San Jose, and the Bay Area, contact CalPro today at (800) 474-3540.