The main function of your gutter is to capture the water that lands on your roof and carry it safely away down your downspout. The downspout is curved to ensure the water is directed away from your home. If your gutters are clogged with leaves, twigs and other debris, rain water has nowhere to drain and will spill down over the sides and pool down around the foundation of your home leading to expensive repairs along with the possibility of structural damage.
How to Keep Water Away from House Foundation
Once the water from your clogged gutters runs over and lands near your foundation it will begin to seep into the soil until the soil is completely saturated creating conditions of stress against the side of the building. Over a period of time this stress can create the perfect environment for your foundation walls to begin to crack. Other issues resulting from clogged gutters include soil erosion which can cause the foundation to settle making your floors uneven and causing the walls that provides support to your home to become unstable. According to the knowledgeable experts at Big Moose Pressure Cleaning, a bi-yearly professional gutter cleaning service can prevent damage caused by water run off to the foundation of your home.
When is the Best Time to Clean Gutters & Downspouts?
According to government agencies such as FEMA, you should get your gutters cleaned before the imminent threat of inclement weather, especially hurricanes. During the spring and fall months it is highly probable that leaves have fallen and are clogging your gutters. Throw high levels of wind and rain such as those associated with a hurricane into the mix and you are creating the perfect storm for water to accumulate creating damage in the form of leaky ceilings, damaged siding, flooded crawl spaces and much more.
Tips to Ensure Your Gutters are Working Efficiently During a Hurricane
Some of the things you can do to further decrease the risk of damage from excessive water run off during heavy rain include extending your downspouts to keep water away from your foundation. Down pipe extenders can keep the ground around your property from becoming saturated. Pay attention to your window wells and cover them to keep out debris and excess water. If your gutters become clogged your window well is often the first area to fill with water. The seals around your windows are not enough to keep water out of your home during heavy rain. Keep a bucket and plastic cup on hand and check them periodically during the storm. A little bailing can save you from becoming the victim of water and structural damage caused by a wet crawl space and damaged foundations.
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Keep your gutters clean and free of debris with a Big Moose Pressure Cleaning gutter service and avoid damage caused by water runoff and standing water. Preventing blockages in your gutter and downspouts can be avoided with bi-yearly cleaning. Gutter protection products including screens and covers can significantly decrease the chances of a blockage when combined with your Big Moose Pressure Cleaning gutter maintenance program. To learn more about gutter cleaning services for your home or business, contact the knowledgeable pressure cleaning experts at Big Moose Pressure Cleaning today.