6 Problems Gutters Could Have Prevented

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Having gutters on your roof is essential and prevents a variety of problems that could possibly come your way. If your home doesn’t have gutters, you might not experience any problems at first. Yet, little by little your home could start showing signs of disrepair and hinder your ability to protect your home from storm damage. Install gutters on your home to prevent these six problems immediately!

1. Flooded House

flooded house

Does your house have a basement? If so, you are more likely to experience a flooded house. A basement flood can pose a costly problem to homeowners. If your home doesn’t have gutters installed, one bad storm can mean the difference between a dry and flooded basement. If you find your basement filled with a few inches of water, it’s important to clean it up right away. Dive in, and get to work! Pump out the water or call a professional to do it for you.

Do you know what to do in the first 48 hours after a flood?

Sometimes, however, the issues caused by a flood aren’t immediately obvious. If flood water is left for too long, it’s possible that you’ll end up seeing mold growth or other forms of water damage. If you go downstairs one day and see water, don’t hesitate! Take care of it ASAP to avoid damage to your foundation, mold, and other unpleasant effects of water damage.

2. Mold Growth

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Water that enters your home due to a lack of roof gutters can eventually lead to mold. It’s easier to take care of the problem initially before mold remediation is necessary. When your home doesn’t have gutters installed, water can seep through your basement windows, damage the foundation, and slip through these cracks. If you want to avoid this type of situation, install gutters to protect your house against leaks that lead to mold growth.

3. Foundation Damage

cracks in a home's brick and concrete foundation

The foundation of your home may be strong and sturdy, but it isn’t invincible. For example, a foundation can’t withstand the damage of water exposure. A gutter’s purpose is to direct water away from the home. Without a gutter, water falls from the roof and rests against the house instead of being directed away from it. Over time, this can cause cracks and other damage to your home’s foundation. Even worse, more water can get into those cracks. If that happens and the water freezes up during colder weather, the cracks could get even bigger!

4. Mosquito & Other Infestations

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When done right, gutters will lead water away from the foundation of your home to grass, a garden, or another area where it can be easily absorbed. When water collects at the side of your house, it can create standing water—a pool of water that has no direction to go and just stays put. What’s the harm of standing water? Other than causing foundation damage, it’s become the perfect place for mosquitoes and other unwanted insects to breed. If you’d like to prevent these standing water breeding spots from appearing in your yard, installing gutters is one of the best solutions for you.

5. Erosion

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Those who don’t have rain gutters on their house may have noticed a line running parallel to the foundation of their home in the soil. The soil protects your home, including the foundation. If it is eroded over time, your foundation will have a greater chance of being damaged. Putting up rain gutters is a very simple way of protecting the soil around your home against erosion.

6. Siding Damage

damaged house siding

Siding destruction done to your home can have an impact on its overall appearance and aesthetic appeal. Depending on what type of siding your home has, the lack of gutters may lead to staining, paint damage, or rotting. Installing gutters could help prevent this from happening by directing water away rather than allowing it to settle along the structure’s sides.

Kelmann Restoration Can Help You

If you’re looking to avoid these six detrimental effects from happening to your home, you absolutely need rain gutters. While it may seem like just a simple fix to your home, it will make a big difference in protecting against these damaging and destructive issues. Making necessary changes to your home while keeping your gutters maintained and in good shape can help protect your foundation. If you ever find that your home has water damage, contact Kelmann Restoration! Our team will work hard to reconstruct your home and get it back to its pre-damage condition.

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