Gutters play an important role in keeping your home in good condition. Yanish Custom Exteriors repairs, replaces, and installs new gutter systems. Our experts examine your home, determine your needs, and collaborate with you to select designs and create a plan. We have seen first-hand the value of regular home maintenance, so we consider all angles throughout the process—both literally and metaphorically.
Consequences of Ineffective Gutters
When properly designed, installed, and maintained, gutters prevent flooding and other water-related damage due to rain. Many homes currently have incomplete or improperly placed gutter systems, which can quickly lead to a list of expensive, time-consuming problems.
Proper gutter installation, design, and maintenance helps protect homes from the following issues:
- Foundation problems
When water is not directed far enough away from a house, it can leak into the foundation. This can weaken it, potentially causing cracks, shifting, and settling.
- Damage to exterior surfaces
Consistent running or pooling water can damage siding, trim, and exterior doors—including garage overhead doors. It can also stain brick and stone surfaces.
- Rot, mold, and mildew
Moisture allows rot, mold, and mildew to thrive in sneaky environments: behind siding, in crawlspaces, and in framing. This can eventually compromise your home’s structural integrity.
Excessive pooling can lead to basement flooding, causing damage to the entry point, flooring, and furniture or belongings inside.
- Water leaks
Gutter problems can mimic roof leaks when clogged. Visible water at the junction of ceilings and walls near your home’s exterior can indicate gutter overflow.
- Soil erosion
Improper draining paths can erode soil, leaving more room for water to pool and seep deeper toward the foundation. Soil erosion can also disrupt landscaping.
Gutter Maintenance Tips
Every gutter system must be maintained. Even a well-designed, properly installed gutter system can lead to any of the problems above if it is not regularly checked and cleared. This is especially true during the autumn months as trees shed their leaves, which are a common source of debris and clogging.
Add the following maintenance practices to your housekeeping routine to avoid gutter-related issues:
- Check for clogged gutters and clear debris often.
- Trim foliage before it becomes overgrown.
- Look out for gutters that appear uneven or detached.
- If you notice signs of ineffective gutters, contact a professional sooner rather than later.