When you think of things can harm your home, you probably think of fires, bad weather, etc. But did you ever consider that things meant to protect your home can actually harm it instead? If you’re not careful, your gutters can actually cause drainage problems around your home.
How Gutters Cause Home Drainage Problems
We all know that your gutters’ job is to clear water from your roof and flow it away from your foundation. But when you don’t care for your gutters properly, they can’t do their job properly. These leave you with a few problems:
Roof and Fascia Damage
If your gutters are clogged, water can’t flow off your roof, so it sits in the gutters, weighing them and your fascia down. If the water spills back onto your roof, it can seep under your shingles and cause water damage to the roof ceiling itself.
If water can’t flow away from your home, it can end up collecting at the edge of your house and eventually seep into your basement or foundation. This can not only cause water damage to your basement walls and flooring but, if left unchecked, extensive water damage can also weaken your foundation and cause major structural damage.
Besides the physical damage faulty gutters can cause to your home, drainage problems and water damage can also cause mold and mildew to develop in your home, posing major risks to your health.
Even a small amount of water damage can cost you a lot in repair costs, so it’s best to make sure your gutters are always in good shape to do their job. When you install Gutter Helmet from Keystone Gutter Helmet, debris can’t get into your gutters in the first place to clog them, keeping them and your home safe from harm. For more information or to get a free quote, call us at 610-372-4383.