- Posted by Task Construction
- On July 8, 2015
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- gutters, Kansas City, kmbc, rain, weather
How rain can affect your gutters!
Why are gutters so important to a home? When it rains it pours! Typically we don’t notice how well or how inefficient are gutters are at draining properly until it is too late or we have torrential rains like those in Kansas City lately. Significant damage can be caused by your gutters not draining properly or having an inefficient roofing and guttering system.
1. FOUNDATION DAMAGE
Without gutters to divert water away from your home, water will pool around your foundation causing damage over time. Foundation cracking and uneven settling can occur and lead to costly problems ranging from termite infestation to major structural repair. If you tend to get flooding when storms hit – even a small amount – this water can seep into your basement or crawlspace and do real damage. Why? Accumulated moisture inside your home or walls is a breeding ground for mold, which can cause asthma flare-ups, allergies, throat and skin irritation, coughing and wheezing. Interior flooding can be especially damaging if you have a finished basement where water can saturate rugs and carpeting, stain your ceilings and walls, damage your belongings and pose a safety threat.
2. SIDING AND EXTERIOR DAMAGE
It is important to preserve the exterior of your home, as this is the first thing people notice. Keeping it in pristine condition shows a level of pride in your house that is reflective of the whole neighborhood. All too often, water damage can warp or stain siding and other exterior features over time if not properly managed through a gutter system. Water staining occurs not only with vinyl siding but also on brick and stone masonry. Wood siding is especially vulnerable to water damage, and can result in rot and decay over time. The last thing you want is to experience property value depreciation due to water damage, which can be a simple fix if you have a properly functioning gutter system.
3. STANDING WATER
A particular nuisance in the summer, standing water of any kind can breed mosquitoes. Without gutters to divert rainwater away from the home, this water can pool around your foundation and become a happy nesting ground for those blood sucking critters. Even with gutters, a clogged system will not drain properly leading to standing water inside the gutter. Not only are mosquitos a nuisance, this is also a potentially dangerous situation for your family, as mosquitoes can carry and transmit disease.
4. SATURATED SOIL AND SOIL EROSION
When water travels from your home’s roof down the side of your house with nothing to contain it, it will saturate the soil around the foundation. Wet soil is the perfect breeding ground for termites not to mention in heavier downpours, the water can hit the ground with blunt force and erode the soil. Soil erosion slowly washes away the ground your home is literally built on and also causes holes/ruts, and kills plants, flowers, and other landscaping damage. It is important to keep the soil around your home dry and intact to prevent costly repairs later and this is easily addressed with a quality gutter system.
If you need a FREE estimate on your gutters or siding call Task Construction at 855-HEY-TASK