You probably think that everyone knows the importance of cleaning your gutters at least twice a year. You would be surprised at how many people don’t take the time to clean out their gutters. Below are a few of the problems we see on a regular basis from people who don’t realize how important their gutter system is to their home:
- Foundation problems: If you have a 2,000-square-foot home, every inch of rain translates to more than 1,200 gallons of water pouring down your roof! A properly functioning gutter will carry that water through a downspout and away from your home. But a clogged gutter does the opposite—allowing water to spill over the sides and pour down your walls. Pooling water around your foundation can cause erosion which weakens the walls, leading to foundation cracks and settling.
- Broken gutters: When your gutters are clogged, the water they collect has no place to go. Instead, it fills your gutters to the brim. With each gallon of water weighing about 8 pounds, all that extra weight can bend your gutters or tear them away from the roof.
- Wall and ceiling damage: Clogged gutters can also cause water leaks on the inside of your home. Trapped water can rot the wooden fascia boards your gutters are mounted to, letting moisture enter your home. And in the winter months, ice dams can drive snow melt underneath your shingles.
- Wet basement: If your basement isn’t waterproofed, the water pouring down your foundation can lead to a damp basement. This is caused by water seeping through your basement’s porous walls and floor.
- Insect infestations: Nobody likes mosquitos in their backyard. But pooling water in your gutters can be the perfect breeding ground for them. Damp mud and leaves can also be an inviting place for bees and wasps to build their nests.
Don’t ignore your gutters. Gutter Boyz of Kentucky can help prevent a wide range of problems you are risking to you home. Whether you need new gutters, gutter repair, gutter cleaning or gutter guards, Gutter Boyz of KY is your one-stop shop for all things gutter related. Gutter Boyz of Kentucky serves a majority of Western Kentucky. Give us a call today for a free estimate at (270) 906-3055 or CLICK HERE to contact us.