Largely, preventing water leaks into your home is about the installation and maintenance of proper gutters, which control the flow of rainwater that would otherwise damage your roof, walls, and home foundation if left to its own devices.
This means that preventing water leaks in your home is first about installing the proper gutters. But it’s also about making sure they’re never neglected. Gutters can easily become clogged with sticks, leaves, and other debris. This backs up the water that should be flowing freely through your gutters and causes it to divert to your home — damaging the building materials and even ending up inside. Clogged gutters are responsible for many troubling home problems, including the following:
- Pests, like rodents or bugs
- Bee infestations and honeycomb formations
- Mold and mildew
- Leaks and water damage
These are just a few of the issues you might experience, and even just one of them can result in thousands of dollars in damage and repairs. To avoid these problems, take the following steps to ensure your gutters don’t leak.
1. Install the proper gutters.
Different homes will require different types of gutters. Some of the factors that should be considered before installation include what types of trees and wildlife are near your home, what type of weather your home routinely endures, what your budget is, how often you plan on cleaning your gutters (the more frequent, the better), and what types of critters and pests are in the area.
2. Have professionals install your gutters.
Weatherguard Gutters can help you determine the proper gutters and gutter guards for your home, but it’s also wise to have us install them. This is because your gutters need to be perfectly fitted to your roof. Not all homes are the same, and you may need a different downspout or unique brackets that other homes won’t require.
3. Perform routine gutter maintenance and have gutter repairs finished immediately
As is the case with most home systems like heating, cooling, and plumbing, your gutters need routine maintenance. We recommend seasonal gutter maintenance by professionals who will assess both the external and interior of your home for potential water leaks and damage. Soffits, siding, roofing, and more will be carefully checked for possible repair needs. When gutter repairs are necessary, make sure these are completed as soon as possible to avoid additional damage.
4. Protect your gutters from snow and ice.
Finally, keep in mind that the winter months are particularly brutal on your gutters. To ensure they last through the season, take the proper precautionary steps. For example, you might install heating devices or provide additional gutter reinforcement. This will help you avoid serious leaks either during the winter or when spring arrives and everything begins to deteriorate. Read more here.
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