What’s The Big Deal with Gutters And Downspouts?
Gutters and downspouts are a small but critical part of your roofing system. Simply put, gutters catch the water from your roof and downspouts channel it away from your home…but there’s so much more to it. Water can do a lot of damage to your home — roof leaks, interior damage, erosion, staining your siding or brick, mold, mildew and foundation damage can all be caused by water. That is why it is so important that your gutters and downspouts are working properly to divert water away from your home.
Even though your gutters and downspouts are on the top of your house, they have a huge impact on the bottom. When water settles along the walls of your house the soil is saturated and becomes very heavy putting pressure on the foundation causing cracks and leaks. Many different foundation issues can be avoided by ensuring your gutters and downspouts are in working order diverting water away from your home.
How To Spot Issues
Now that we know the importance of gutters and downspouts, how do we make sure everything is working like it should? Here are a few things to look for the next time it rains.
- Is there water running over the gutters?
- Is water running out of the downspouts?
- Are your downspouts diverting water away from your house?
- Are there any consistently soggy areas around your foundation?
- Do you see any dents or dings on your gutters or downspouts?
If you see any of these issues you may need to have a pro take a look at your gutters and downspouts. Give SIMMCO a call. We’d be happy to come out and take a look and give you a free estimate to fix the problem. Contact us today!