After the beating Old Man Winter gave Greater St. Louis, nothing was more welcome than our new spring season! But along with the joy of spring comes one very important tasks for homeowners, and that is cleaning gutters and having new gutter guards installed. The fact is, the gutters of your Greater St. Louis home plays a much more important role in protecting the whole of your home than you might think.
The primary job of gutters and downspouts is moving water off your roof and away from your home’s foundation. This may not sound like a big issue, but the fact is that one inch of rain washing off the roof of a typical 2,000 square foot home can account for as much as 1,200 gallons of water.
The #1 cause of flooded basements and foundation damage is clogged gutters. When gutters clog, water is unable to flow freely, which results in the gutters filling with water and cascading over the front and back edges of the gutter. Overflowing water will stream down a home’s exterior walls and seep into the ground below. As the ground becomes saturated, excess water will pool around the foundation until the ground can absorb it. The presence of excessive moisture around a foundation can lead to mold and mildew problems, which is costly to remediate, potentially hazardous to your home and health, and can adversely affect your home’s resale value.
If left unchecked, clogged gutters and faulty downspouts can cause wood rot on your home’s fascia boards, soffits, and eaves. When this occurs, gutters must be removed from your home so that the damaged wood can be replaced. Clogged gutters are also a popular breeding ground for mosquitoes.
As you can very well see, your gutters, downspouts and gutter guards play a much bigger role in protecting your home than you might have realized. But don’t fret! The team at RRSA St. Louis are professionals at cleaning gutters, replacing worn downspouts, and installing new gutter guards.
Give us a call today and schedule your FREE home inspection so that one of our professionals can take a close look at the state of your gutters. They will then help you make the call as to whether you just need gutter cleaning, or the full replacement of gutters, downspouts, and/or new gutter guards.
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