When you live in a climate that has a lot of rain and moisture, home owners should demand they have a gutter system. Gutter systems collect all of the water from the roof and direct the water away from the home to prevent foundation problems and water damage to the home. However, neglected or clogged gutter systems cannot move the rain water away from the home and this often leads to water damage around the home. Today, Big Moose Pressure Cleaning would like to share some of the common types of water damage that occurs from a clogged gutter system and how you can maintain clean gutters.
Roof Water Damage & Leaks
When the gutter system becomes clogged, water will build up inside the gutters and eventually over flow. The water will run on the roof and down the walls, causing siding damage as well as interior wall water damage. When you develop water damage on your roof and along the walls, this can lead to major structural repairs.
Weakens & Damages Foundation
When water puddles near the foundation, water will seep into the soil and cause the grading that supports the foundation to erode. A number of foundation damages occur when there is too much water that soaks into and around the foundation. To avoid expensive foundation repairs, it is important to maintain a healthy gutter system.
Mold & Mildew Growth
When the gutters are clogged and water develops into leaks and over flowing water, the exposure from intense moisture often results in mold and mildew. The moisture exposure from gutter failure can lead to mold and mildew both inside and outside of the home. Mold and mildew causes damage to the home which can then lead to illness. It is very important to prevent mold and mildew from developing inside or outside of your home.
How Can I Make My Gutters Drain Better?
Water damage when due to a clogged gutter system, can be very expensive to repair and it is one you can avoid. Gutter systems need to be kept cleaned out. Gutters will develop dirt, decaying leaves, and even bird nests that can cause clogs. You can use a ladder and your hands to move all across the gutter system to clean the gutter system out. However, another and more effective method of keeping the gutter cleaned is with pressure cleaning. Pressure cleaning uses an intense stream of water pressure to push debris through the gutters and then clean and remove any grime in the gutters. With seasonal pressure cleaning you can keep the gutter clean, avoid clogs and the problems associated with gutter failure.