As a homeowner, you know how important it is to keep up with maintenance and repairs. Worst case scenarios might often go through your mind and spur you on to take care of tasks rather than put them on the back burner. If that hasn’t happened regarding the gutters, you probably should be thinking in that direction. There are many bad things that can happen if your home’s gutters are damaged or otherwise not protecting your home as they were designed to do.
One of the worst things that can happen is that each storm could erode just a bit more soil away from your home’s foundation until there isn’t enough to properly support it and cracks begin to form. At the same time, your landscaping could be adversely affected from erosion. Landscaping replacement might not be anywhere near the cost of foundation repairs but can be costly nonetheless.
Ineffective gutters can result in other water damage issues as well, such as water intrusion in the attic, damage to your home’s siding, rotting out the facia board, and moisture issues in the basement or crawlspace. The dangers do not stop with water damage, as a moist environment is an open invitation to insects and wildlife that can also cause damage to your home. The elevation in humidity could also result in mold activation and colonization, not just in the basement or crawlspace, but inside your home.
At Quality Home Solutions, we would prefer not to sound so dire about the potential dangers of ineffective gutters, but we would be remiss if we didn’t caution you about what could happen. Would all of these happen the moment one piece of gutter comes loose? Probably not. But it never hurts to err on the side of caution and reach out to us to resolve the problem as soon as possible.