Gutters are a critical part of your roofing system. A functional gutter system diverts rainwater away from the foundation of your home and prevents basement flooding and gutter overflow. If your gutters are clogged or have the wrong pitch, it will be difficult for rainwater to flow freely toward the drainage system, leading to standing water in your gutters. You need to correct this in order to avoid dealing with the following consequences:
Increased Pressure on the Foundation
Leaves, twigs and other debris collecting in your gutters can stop the flow of water and cause it to spill onto the side of the gutters. If this happens, that water can put undue pressure on your foundation. Are there large puddles of stagnant water around your home? This means that the soil underneath is fully saturated with water, and water-laden soil can cause bulging or cracked walls in your basement.
Flooded or Moldy Basement
Ask any roofing contractor and they will say that standing water around your house brings excessive moisture into the basement area. This can mean flooding in your basement during heavy rains or the growth of mold along the basement walls. It is crucial to prevent dampness since it can result in peeling wallpaper, chipped paint, rotted furniture and a musty smell. Make sure to keep your gutters free of damage in order to protect the belongings stored in your basement.
Standing water in your gutters can also have a detrimental effect on your health. It serves as a breeding ground for insects like flies and mosquitoes, which carry a host of diseases that can infect humans and even your pets with heartworms. It is important to have a clean, functioning gutter system to avoid rainwater from stagnating near your home.
V. Nanfito Roofing & Siding, Inc. is a leading exterior remodeling contractor in Meriden, CT. We assure our clients of high-quality products and services, from roof repair to gutters, siding and window replacement. Call us at (203) 639-1634 or fill out our contact form to set up an appointment.