Get those gutters in good shape, or pay the consequences
We talk frequently to customers about the importance of maintaining the gutter system on a residential or commercial property, and how keeping your gutters clean are key for protecting the fascia and other vital part of the roof. But it's easy to forget that gutters can also play a role in the part of your building beneath your feet. Thatâs because gutters that drain improperly can end up flowing toward a building's foundation and a regular shift from wet to dry around the foundation starts to cause movement that will show up pretty quickly on the inside. There are many factors in play that will determine how much a foundation gets impacted by bad drainage, but often in newer homes you'll notice doors start sticking or cabinets wonât close right because there's been movement of the structure. And the cost to repair a faulty foundation can easily climb near $10,000, depending on the size of the structure and extent of the damage.
So the question becomes; how do I keep that from happening? The most important thing is to make sure that water drains on a continuous positive slope away from the house. Any low areas where water can collect need to have a French drain or weeping tile system installed to direct that water elsewhere. Make sure the gutterâs downspouts are extended to discharge water away from the building or into collection barrels that can be used for irrigation later.
When you get right down to it, the gutter system is one of the most important components of your home or business because of how much havoc can be caused by unregulated water flow. That's why it's vital to keep them clean and flowing in the right direction at all times. If you suspect youâve got an issue with gutters or any other portion of your roof system, call Precision Roof Crafters and weâll have a look to get everything in proper shape.