Your gutters serve one primary purpose: To divert water away from your home to prevent damage. When your gutters aren’t working properly, water can pool around your home causing major damage. Failing gutters can cause mold in your home’s structure, water damage to the roof and home structure, and damage to your landscaping. More frighteningly, failing gutters can cause water to pool around the base of your home, where it can cause extensive foundation damage.
So is your gutter system doing its job of keep water away from your home?
A simple walk around your home, particularly after a rainstorm, can help you detect failing gutters. When your gutters aren’t working properly, you might see:
- Water pooling around your home’s foundation,
- Water pouring from your gutters during a rainstorm,
- Eroded or washed-away landscaping,
- Sagging or cracked gutters,
- Mold or mildew along fascia, your siding or your roof,
- Flooding in your basement, damp basement walls or water stains on basement walls.
Call the gutter professionals
If you have noticed any of these signs that your gutters are failing, it’s time to call in the professionals. Failing gutters can cause major damage to your home’s structure, from your foundation to your landscaping to your roofline. Fortunately, if you have a problem with your existing gutters, The Gutterman of TN can help!
When you call The Gutterman of TN to fix your gutter problems, we don’t look for a Band-Aid solution. We find a way to permanently improve your roofline and your gutters and keep your home safe from water damage. The best way to get the most from The Gutterman of TN is with our Advantage Gutter and Roofing System.
When The Gutterman of TN is called in to install a complete Advantage Gutter and Roofing system, we thoroughly inspect your existing gutters and your home for signs of water damage or other gutter problems. We look for molding fascia, weaknesses or breaks within the gutters and signs of animal access into your gutters. Once we identify the root causes of your gutter problems, we recommend a thorough solution to protecting your home and property from water damage caused by bad gutters in the future. Depending on our diagnosis of your home’s drainage problems, that may include new roofing, new gutters and/or drainage solutions that will usher water away from your home. We can also talk to you about our SafeGuard Gutter Guard system to protect your new gutters from clogging debris.
Are there two words that can terrify a homeowner more than “foundation damage”? Foundation damage inevitably means costly and extensive repairs. They can make your home impossible to sell, and they mark a serious deterioration of your home’s structure.
When it comes to foundation damage, water is often the culprit. Keeping water away from your foundation is an important part of keeping your foundation safe. Gutters play an important role in keeping water away from your foundation.
Water and your foundation
Water causes foundation damage when it is allowed to pool around the base of a home. Pooling water can saturate the earth along a home’s foundation. That wet soil puts pressure on the foundation. It can cause the foundation to push inward and crack, or it can cause basement walls to bow inward. When the soil dries, it puts less pressure on foundation. It can also erode away. The decreased soil pressure on the foundation allows the foundation to settle. That can upset structures like walls and chimneys, causing cracks, unevenness and leaning. If water continues to pool around the home once the foundation is cracked or weakened, it can cause flooding within the home, or mold growth in the home’s walls.
Why gutters matter
Gutters are your foundation’s primary defense against pooling water. Gutters catch water as it rolls off your roof and channels to a downspout. The downspout safely deposits the water a safe distance from your home or into a more extensive drainage system. When gutters are cracked, missing, pulling away from the home or clogged, there is a major risk to your home and your foundation. With a failing gutter system, the water that runs off of your roof each time it rains or when snow falls directly against your home’s foundation.
Examining your gutters
Fall is an ideal time for inspecting your gutters. As the leaves fall, they should be removed from your gutters. As you clean out your gutters, look for any holes, cracks, bowing or missing connections. Before fall and winter hit us with rain and snow, make sure you have any problem gutters repaired to keep your home’s foundation safe.
The Gutterman of TN
If your gutters are no longer working to keep water away from your foundation, The Gutterman of TN can help! Our seamless gutters can lower the risk for cracks and leaks in your gutters. We use quality materials that are less likely to warp or fall into disrepair. In addition to seamless gutters, we can also talk to you about keeping your gutters free from debris with SafeGuard gutter guards.
When you hire The Gutterman of TN to repair or replace your gutters, not only do you know that you are getting a quality product, but you are doing business with a company that is invested in Middle Tennessee. At The Gutterman of TN, we are committed to providing our customers with top-notch products and services, and because we are a local company, you know we will be here should any problems arise.
Protect your foundation this winter with help from The Gutterman of TN! Contact us to schedule a consultation today!