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Gutters play a crucial role in protecting and preserving the integrity of your home. While they enhance your exterior with decorative flair, their primary function is to divert rainwater away from your walls and foundation. Without gutters, water seeps into your home’s structure, causing mold, mildew, rot, and even structural damage. 

Read on to discover the significance of your home gutters and why they need to be in top working order to safeguard your house from costly damage. 

The Vital Role Gutters Play in Protecting Your Home 

1. Prevent Foundation Damage

When your foundation gets wet, it becomes compromised, making it vulnerable to major problems. When gutters fail, water pools around your foundation and erodes its way into your house. If water freezes in the slab’s cracks during the winter, they will expand and cause interior leaks. All these issues can be avoided by simply installing a premium gutter system and maintaining it well over the years. 

2. Preserve Your Landscaping

When gutters don’t work properly, leak, sag, or hang off your exterior (rather than fitting snuggly to your roofline), water falls directly from your roof to the ground. This has a negative effect on your landscaping. Too much water on your lawn and in your garden beds can cause the soil to become saturated. Plants get stressed due to excess water and can’t absorb nutrients as a result. Safeguard your landscaping by installing a good gutter system so you can rest at ease your property will keep looking its best. 

3. Safeguard Your Roof from Ice Dams

Gutters help safeguard your roof from ice dams, which develop when snow on your roof melts and refreezes at the eaves. Ice dams cause moisture to back up and seep into your roofing components. They can lead to leaks, water damage, and expensive repairs. The good news is a gutter system can help prevent ice dams from developing in the first place! 

4. Thwart Roof Damage

Your gutters attach to your exterior just below your roof. If they aren’t working properly, moisture can soak into your roofing components, damaging the edge of your roof and the materials below. Once your roof is compromised, if the problem goes unnoticed, moisture permeates deeper into your home, putting structural components, electrical systems, and more at risk. If you have water issues, you may spot peeling paint or wallpaper, smell mold, and see unsightly stains on your ceilings or walls. Preserve your roof’s lifespan and bypass the costly hassle of water intrusion by installing a new gutter system. 

5. Keep Your Basement from Flooding

When gutters fall off your exterior or don’t work properly because they are clogged with debris, water pools around your home as a result. If left unattended, your basement may flood, causing even more damage. A flooded basement requires immediate attention in order to prevent mold and mildew growth, electrical system damage, and pest infestation. Ensure your basement doesn’t flood by installing a durable new gutter system, and have peace of mind that your house is safeguarded from damaging flooding. 

6. Avoid the Formation of Cracks in Your Driveway and Sidewalk

When water overflows faulty gutters, it can make its way to your driveway and sidewalks. When the soil under these cement structures gets too moist, the ground becomes too soft to support the concrete. Unsightly cracks are the result, and they cause shifting, which requires costly repairs. A cracked driveway or sidewalk can lower your home’s curb appeal and resale value, while diminishing a potential buyer’s first impression. Prevent this costly problem by simply installing a new, custom gutter system you can rely on. 

7. Prevent Pests from Making Your Home Theirs

Insects are attracted to decaying leaves in clogged gutters and the wood rot that moisture intrusion causes. If you notice mosquitoes, termites, or carpenter ants in your home, contact an exterminator. Then reach out to a reputable contractor for an estimate on new gutters. 

Get the World’s Strongest Gutter System Installed with Precision 

Don’t risk the problems faulty gutters create. Get top-tier gutters installed by our experienced team so you can relax, knowing your home is protected from moisture damage. 

At Rain Drain, we install seamless 5″ or 6” K-style gutters, seamless 7″ box gutters, and premium, seamless no-clog gutter guards called the Gutter Shutter System. Learn more about how our gutter services provide reliable long-term solutions to your gutter needs and protect your home from costly damage. 

 

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