Over the course of a season, a typical residential roof will need to shed hundreds, or even thousands of gallons of water. When water isn’t emptied away from the soil immediately beside the home’s foundation, there is an almost certain invitation to a wide range of basement and moisture related problems. A properly operating gutter system is not only essential for preventing damage to the lower portion of the roof, fascia and soffit components, but ultimately avoiding other expensive home repairs. It makes good sense to hire an affordable gutter cleaning service for your home.
How Gutters Work
When water leaves the edge of the roof, it drops into a gutter in which is either built in to the edge of the roof or a gutter attached to a board that runs the span of the roof (i.e. a “fascia board”). A properly installed gutter system will also include drip edge to ensure that all the water enters the gutter, in place of leaking out into other areas of the surrounding soffit. Each gutter functions as a trough to collect the water and channel it to toward a downspout. Consequently, each gutter should have sufficient slope toward the downspout to prevent “pooling.”.
How Does a Gutter Downspout Work
The gutter downspout carries the water to the ground level where it enters a drain system. While there are different sorts of drain systems used in residential construction, they all have the same purpose. Which is to remove water from the soil next to the home’s foundation.
Large amounts of water near the foundation can cause a multitude of expensive problems. Some these problems include soil erosion, basement water leaks, sump pump failure, damage to basement walls, excessive basement or crawl space humidity and wood rot.
What Happens if You Don’t Clean Your Gutters
Failing to clean your gutters will cause your gutter system to back up. If a rain storm packed with leaves fills gutter with water. As the water flows toward the downspout, it will begin to carry leaves and debris quickly clogging the downspout causing the water in the gutter to back up.
When water clogs in a gutter filled with debris, several bad things can happen. If the rainfall is sufficient, the gutter will over flow, sending water straight to the ground-eroding soil near the foundation, destroying the landscape below and soaking the soil near the foundation wall causing basement leaks and water damage. Overflowing gutters can also cause wood rot in the fascia area and water damage on the interior of the home at the same time.
Even if your gutter does not overflow, water pooling in the gutter, combined with a large quantity of leaves will turn into a problem at the same time. The leaves, sticks and other organic material will break down and combine with the normal asphalt granules that drain of a typical residential roof, all completely blocking any further water passage. Far too frequently, the only way to resolve such blockage is to dig up the drain and replace the drain.
Why Have a Professional Clean Your Gutters
Cleaning gutters isn’t an enjoyable task. And frankly, cleaning gutters can be a touch dangerous. A slip and fall off a ladder while cleaning out your gutters can cause hospital bills, time off of work, and still leave you with gutters that haven’t been cleaned! Hire a professional gutter cleaning company, Memphis Clean Windows to clean your gutters today.