It is possible that you’ve not given much thought to it, or perhaps you didn’t even realise, but the condition of your gutters can influence other parts of your property. One part, that’s greatly impacted by your guttering system is your home’s foundation. How so?
If your gutters are not functioning properly, there is a chance that the structural integrity of your home could be affected, this could lead to water ingress issues and costly repairs on the foundations. On top of all that, the value of your property could be decreased.
Most Common Problem Affecting Guttering Systems
By far the problem that most homeowners must deal with regarding their guttering is that they are failing to channel or drain rainwater a safe distance away from the property. It is normally that the guttering is clogged by debris or leaves that stops water from moving along. During autumn is when this is an especially common problem, because leaves are falling off trees. Clogged guttering that’s not dealt with quickly enough, could create issues with your foundations that would need to be fixed. This will not only cost you a considerable amount but will also disrupt your life as foundational repairs require a lot of work.
Damage Caused by Clogged and Overflowing Gutters
When your guttering clogs up, water starts to overflow and pools around the foundations of your property. In time, as well as causing unsightly puddles, this can cause the soil that’s underneath your property and around it to erode.
As the soil erodes, the foundations start to weaken. This eventually can lead to the foundations starting to crack or shift and move. That really is as bad a problem as it sounds. Subsidence and foundation issues are not easily sorted.
How to Prevent Your Gutters Getting Clogged and Causing Damage to Your Foundations
Fortunately, you don’t have to have these kinds of problems. How? By having your gutters at least one or two times every year, to stop them clogging up. You don’t even need to do the work yourself. Even if you are not afraid of heights, you might not have the time in your busy schedule to dedicate to that kind of work or have the right equipment. The great thing is that you don’t have to, as there are plenty of reliable and skilled professional guttering cleaners. What’s more, these companies often have the skills to carry out repairs on your gutters, if necessary.
Benefits of Hiring Professional Gutter Cleaners
The point of this post was not to scare you, not in that negative way anyway. It was to educate you and to get you thinking about things related to your property, you may never have considered before. By regularly having your gutters checked, cleaned and repaired (if necessary), you can be sure that you will not have to face the headache, disruptive and costly problem of damaged foundations. Your property, the gutters, the foundation and your bank balance will be safe.