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Gutter Guard Saves Homes

By Tracy Narvaez Subscribe to RSS | November 25th 2011 | Views:

Working gutters are critical to the care of any homeowner's investment. By properly draining water away from the roof and foundation, they prevent water damage from occurring to these key areas. That's why it is important as well to ensure that the downspouts are draining the runoff at least several feet away from the home's foundation. In addition, they should be free from obstructions which would prevent the necessary drainage. This is where a gutter guard can save a lot of time and trouble.

If neglected, gutters can become clogged, allowing water to accumulate and costing hundreds or thousands in repair bills. They may then freeze up during the winter season, damaging the gutter system even further. The problems do not stop here; walls can become damaged, paint may begin peeling, and hazardous mold can begin to spread within the home as well. All of this is easier to prevent beforehand than after it happens.

It is a fact that gutter overflow needs to be prevented. Otherwise, costly flood damage can occur to basements, landscaping, foundations, and even driveways. Warping and other structural damage is also possible. In some climates, standing water resulting from these problems can breed mosquitoes and other pests, raising potential health concerns as well.

The gutter system should be inspected closely at least a few times per year. If necessary, the persons who installed the gutters should be called upon to make essential repairs. If not, missing gutter pieces will need immediate replacement. Leaks should be patched or plugged with caulk, putty, or a similar agent.

Places where the gutter is pulled away from the roof will usually need to be fixed. Sagging gutters can also be an issue, as this can prevent them from pitching toward the downspout. When correcting the pitch, try to add a quarter inch of slope for every ten feet.

One common problem for homeowners is the tendency for the downspout to collect leaves, dirt, and muck. The gutters will then overflow and dump water over the places it was designed to drain. While not evident at first, this creates problems which compound themselves if measures are not taken. Foundations crack, roof structure can rot, even driveways can crack and shift due to the erosion.

The good news is that clogged gutters are much easier to fix than structural damage to the home, and even easier than that to prevent. Single story homes can be cleaned out without too much trouble. For the bigger homes, it's probably better to install guards and prevent the mess and the resulting damage all at once. The higher the gutters, the more climbing will become necessary. This increases the hazards associated with falling.

This is why regular inspection and maintenance of the gutter system is important. In addition, gutter guard systems can help improve and cut down on the need for many repairs. A little precaution exercised early can prevent the breakdown and damage that occur to a home's structures over years of improper drainage.

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