The ability to differentiate between home repairs and improvements that you can make yourself and those that will require the help of a contractor is a very important skill to have. Not only will this skill prevent you from spending more money than you need to on professional services, but it will also help you to avoid costly mistakes by attempting DIY projects that are out of your league. It is my hope that this information contained in this blog will help you to obtain this skill. More importantly, it is my hope that once you have identified a project you wish to take on, this information in this blog will help you to get the job done.
Gutters that are structurally compromised and are leaking or draining water from your roof too close to the sides of your home, or not draining at all, can cause a number of serious complications for your landscape and property. Being aware of the dangers associated with a failing gutter system can help you understand why you should watch out for signs of leaking or overflowing, and why it is so important to talk to your local roofers about replacing your gutters as soon as you begin to notice signs of improper drainage.
1. Erosion Control
One of the most important reasons to replace your old and leaking gutters is to help prevent landscaping damage. Gutter systems that do not drain water properly off of your roof and away from your home can allow water to begin to carry away topsoil from the areas of your yard around your property. This can lead to gradual erosion and landscaping damage, and can harm the health of your plants and trees over time as well. In a related vein, water that is not draining properly around your driveway can also cause damage to your asphalt, and erosion of surrounding soil can lead to cracking and crumbling with time.
2. Water Damage Protection
Another similar result of gutters that are leaking or overflowing is an increased risk of water damage inside your home. Water that is allowed to run down your siding can seep behind your drywall, causing structural damage and promoting mold growth. Further, water that drains into the soil immediately surrounding your home's foundation can cause foundation damage, either by causing the soil to shift and placing additional pressure on the concrete or by being absorbed into the concrete of your foundation directly and freezing and then expanding, causing cracking. This can eventually lead to water damage and flooding in your basement, which can be expensive and complicated to properly repair.
3. Prevent Pests
Standing water that is allowed to remain in your gutters because of structural damage can quickly become a breeding ground for various insects, such as mosquitoes. Water damage to your home's siding or roofing as a result of gutters that are not properly draining water can also lead to termite infestation or structural damage that could provide a clear entranceway for insects and rodents to find their way into your home, which can cause a number of serious complications and can be expensive to repair.