One of the most critical things to maintain is the gutter, downspout and drainage system at your house. With a properly functioning gutter system , a large percentage of water damage that we see on our clients ‘ homes would not occur. Therefore, in order to preserve your home ‘s health, we must first understand how the gutters shed water away from home, and what happens when we delay cleaning of gutters and repairs of gutters.Feel free to visit their website at Renew Exteriors for more details.
A typical residential roof would have to shed hundreds of, if not thousands of gallons of water during a rainstorm. In the country’s wet regions such as Ohio, gutters are a mandatory to safely channel roof runoff away from home. Because most Cincinnati homes have basements, failing to channel water away from the soil immediately adjacent to the foundation of the home is an almost certain invitation to a wide range of moisture-related problems in the basement. A properly functioning gutter system is therefore not only essential to prevent damage to the lower portion of the roof, fascia and soffit components, but also to avoid further expensive home repairs.
How To Work Gutters
Here’s how your typical gutter system works. When water leaves the edge of the roof, it falls into a gutter that is either built in at the edge of the roof (i.e. a “box gutter”) or a gutter connected to a board that extends the roof length (i.e. a “fascia board”). A properly installed gutter system will also include drip edge to ensure all water enters the gutter, rather than leaking out into other areas of the surrounding soffit. Each gutter serves as a trough for collecting the water and channeling it toward a downspout. Each gutter should therefore have enough slope towards the downspout to avoid “pooling.”
Typically the gutter downspout carries water down to the ground level where it normally enters a drain system. While the residential construction uses different types of drain systems, they all have the same function. That is to remove water from the soil that is adjacent to the foundation of the home.
Large amounts of water close to the foundation can cause a host of costly problems. Some of these issues include soil erosion, water leakage in the basement, failure of the sump pump, hydrostatic pressure damage to the basement walls, excessive basement and/or crawl space humidity and wood rot.
What if you don’t clean your bellies?
If your gutters are not cleaned it will cause your gutter system to back up quickly! Picture a leaf filled gutter in your mind. Now imagine a storm of rain, filling the gutter with water. As the water flows downward, leaves and debris will continue to take with it. The downspout will quickly become clogged, and back up the water in the gutter.
When water in a gutter filled with debris backs up, several bad things can happen. If the rainfall is sufficient, the gutter will flow over, sending water straight to the ground-eroding soil near the foundation, destroying the landscape below and soaking the soil close to the foundation wall causing leaks in the basement and damage to water. Also, overflowing gutters can send water back into the soffit-causing wood rot in the fascia area and also water damage inside the home.
Even if the gutter doesn’t overflow, water pooling in the gutter, together with a large amount of leaves, will also develop into a problem. The leaves, sticks and other organic material can break down and mix with the usual granules of asphalt that fall off a typical residential roof. This mixture forms a mud-like grainy sludge lining the gutters and downspouts. This sludge then works its way into discharges and drains, blocking any further water passage completely. The only way to resolve such a blockage is often to dig the drain up and replace it.