When you look up at your roof line do you see the beginnings of a national forest growing from the saplings in your gutters?
Have you ever been trying to unlock your front door when its raining outside and the water pours down on you from your overflowing gutter and gives you an unwelcome shower?
When you look up at your gutters do they look as if someone got creative and tried to stripe them?
If you answered yes to any of these questions, it means there is a problem with your gutters overflowing and water not being properly directed away from your home. It is important that you contact a gutter professional to fix the issues before you have serious damage to your home. Homeowners living in the Nashville area know all it takes is one phone call to the experts from Gutterman of Middle Tennessee and their gutter issues will be solved.
Gutters are designed to channel the water away from your roof and the foundation of your home. If you don’t have gutters on your home, or if your gutters are not properly functioning, or they are damaged, the water runoff will pool around your foundation and cause major structural damage. Gutters provide a necessary function in protecting the structural integrity of your home.
The harm caused from overflowing gutters includes cracked driveways and concrete, flooded basements, roof and siding damage, and mold growth…all of which are expensive and complicated repairs. And of course, whenever mold is involved, it means a health hazard as well.
Other signs that your gutters are overflowing include a drip line or trench under the gutter area around your house, dried leaves/dirt/debris on the gutters, rotting or peeling paint, and/or gutters that have pulled away from the house.
“Unfortunately, gutter systems take more abuse from extreme weather conditions, particularly ice and snow, than any other component of the building envelope. They are also subject to damage from ladders and being stepped on, as well as from falling tree limbs and debris.”, according to the Old House Web How To Advice.
Therefore, it is important to walk around your house and pay close attention to the condition of your gutters and the area adjacent to them. Look for streaks from water that has not been directed through the gutter into the strategically placed downspout. Water run off will leave its tell tales signs of brown stripes and lines both on the actual gutters and the sides of your home. Look to ensure that all the gutters fit tightly along your roof line and there are no gaps and the gutters are not pulling away from the fascia. Make sure that your downspouts are fit properly and are correctly attached to the gutter, the water is being directed away from your home, and there is no pooling of water.
If you are unsure of what to look for or see anything that looks suspicious, then call your gutter professional to inspect your gutter system and make sure is functioning properly and able to handle the run off in your area during all four seasons.
If you are in the Nashville area, Gutterman of Middle Tennessee is available to share or knowledge and expertise with you to provide you the best gutter system possible to keep your home protected from water damage.
As a homeowner, you know that gutter cleaning and maintenance is an essential part of protecting your home’s structure and value. Your gutters collect and route water away from your home, specifically your foundation, and prevent costly water damage to your side, basement or crawl space. By preventing the build-up of water near or on your home’s surface, you can also prevent the growth of mold and other health hazards that threaten your home and family.
Many homeowners are familiar with the necessities of cleaning their gutters; when you let sticks, leaves and debris pile up in your gutters, they are unable to function efficiently in preventing water from reaching your home’s foundation. Clogged gutters can lead directly to rotting wood in your home’s structure, roof leaks and cracked foundations.
As a homeowner, you may also have experienced the frustrating and often dangerous job of cleaning your own gutters; you may also aware of how difficult it is to clean the gutters properly without education and training. Gutter covers are a great option for homeowners who want a more efficient gutter system that better helps protect their home from water damage and doesn’t require constant maintenance. You might believe that the purchase of your gutter covers has eliminated the need for regular cleaning and maintenance on your gutters. Unfortunately, that’s not the case. Here are a few tips for gutter cover cleaning.
Gutter Covers Don’t Make Your Gutters Invincible
Many homeowners purchase gutter covers and gutter screens with the intention of never cleaning their gutters again. However, your covers, while a wise investment that should drastically decrease the amount of cleaning your gutters need, can’t be neglected entirely. Homeowners are also under the impression that any amount of debris allowed into their gutters is a bad thing; in truth, your gutter guards should absorb by-products like pollen and roof-grit, which would otherwise sit on top of your gutter covers and create a clog, preventing water from being taken in and routed away from your home. Acknowledging that the purchase of gutter covers doesn’t eliminate the need for gutter maintenance is the first step to taking better care of your investment.
Extend the Life of Your Gutter Covers with Regular Cleanings
Just like any investment, your gutter covers and screens will need to be cleaned regularly in order to continuing functioning properly in protecting your home. Depending on where you like and the time of trees that shade your home, you may have been used to cleaning your un-covered gutters up to four times a year. Each season, the experience was likely a headache, especially if you were doing the cleaning yourself. Fortunately, gutter covers don’t need to be cleaned nearly as much as their un-covered counterparts. Utilizing a garden hose or leaf blower for a quick cleaning is generally sufficient in removing any unwanted buildup from your screens and covers. You can drastically reduce the amount of money and frustration you expend in maintaining your gutter system and thus the safety of your home by choosing gutter covers.
The Gutterman of Tennessee provides a range of gutter covers and gutter services, to prevent damage to your home and keep your gutters in top shape.