Winter is rough on pretty much everything. Our roads, our cars, our bodies, and of course, our homes. With spring comes the opportunity to sort through the mess and clean things up a bit. The question is, where do you even begin?
If you want our opinion, we’d say your gutters are a great place to start.
Broken, Clogged, and Underperforming Gutters are a Serious Problem
Since gutters are so common and simple in concept, it’s easy to take them for granted. That, however, can be a big (ie costly) mistake. An under-performing gutter can lead to all sorts of problems including:
- Flooded basements
- Mold and Mildew
- Paint Damage
- Foundation Cracking
- Soil Erosion
- Window and Siding Damage
- And More.
Suddenly, cleaning out that garage might not seem like such a top priority. Winter takes a toll on your gutters, and there’s a good chance they’re in need of some love.
What Winter Does to Your Gutters
If you didn’t clean your gutters in the fall, and you don’t have a quality gutter-guard, there’s a fair chance there was some buildup in them before the winter came. With the arrival of the snow and the constant freezing and melting, your gutters and drains could be warped, broken, and/or plugged.
With snow falling and freezing in your gutter, extra strain is added which can cause bending and even detachment from the roof.
If water seeped into the fascia board (where the gutter is attached), that may be starting to crack or rot which can cause the gutter to fall off.
What You Can Do About It
The best place to start is with a gutter and roof inspection. A professional can assess the situation, determine the causes of damage, and offer the best solution. If the damage is minimal, cleaning and repair might be enough. If left unchecked for too long, you’ll end up needing new gutter installation.
It’s also great practice to protect yourself against future problems. A top-grade gutter guard like Mastershield can save you a lot of headaches down the road, keeping leaves and all other debris out of your gutters.
It’s time to get an item checked off that spring cleaning list. Call or email us today, and schedule an appointment for a gutter inspection. When the rain comes, you’ll be glad you did.