Water damage can be a dangerous threat both to your health and your home. The biggest trouble with water damage is that it can be hard to detect and even harder to repair. If things in your house get wet, and you don’t know about them it can create a breeding ground for bacteria and other germs, which can compromise you and your family’s health. Sometimes the only way to fix it is to replace what has been damaged completely. That is why it so important to prevent water damage before it happens.
The good news is that gutters can prevent water damage to your home in many ways. Gutters work to collect water at the roofline and move it away from your house, thereby reducing the amount of contact the runoff water has with the structure of your house. However, not everything can be prevented and unseen circumstances such as natural disaster are always a potential risk. But getting gutters can help give you an upper hand with preventing water damage.
Here are the ways that gutters prevent water damage:
One way gutters prevent damage is by preventing water from splashing and eroding the ground.
If the ground near your home gets eroded it can be detrimental to your foundation. If water is only pooling near certain parts of your foundation it can cause your house to settle unevenly, which can cause problems such as cracked floors or stuck doors. Gutters that are not directing water away from your house the right way can also cause your foundation to erode.
They keep water moving away from your foundation walls.
As long as gutters are moving the water away in the right direction according to the landscape, they will help move water away from your foundation walls around the lining of your house.
Gutters keep water from contacting fascia boards.
Fascia boards need to be replaced if they come into contact with water for extended periods of time. So keeping water away from them will help them last longer.
They also decrease the amount of water contacting the exterior finish of a house.
Water can erode the exterior finish of your house. Keeping water off it as much as you possible will help make the exterior finish last longer.
It isn’t hard to keep your gutters working effectively. The main things you need to do is to keep them clean by removing leaves or other debris that gets in there throughout the year. You also need to re-seal them as necessary. It is important to reseal the seams to avoid leaks and keep your gutters working effectively. Any holes in your gutters can defeat the purpose of them entirely if they aren’t working properly.
If you don’t maintain them they will allow all the things they prevent to happen. Water will splash the ground and erode it. Water can also pool up right next the foundation of your house or contact the fascia boards. It can also erode the exterior finish on your house.