They may not be exciting, but they sure are important. They're your gutters, and what better season than spring to pay them some attention?
Gutters divert rainwater off your roof and away from your house, preventing water from settling around its foundation. A poorly functioning gutter system can cause a host of (serious, expensive) problems for homeowners, including roof damage; mold and mildew; foundation damage; flooded basements and flooded landscaping.
As extreme weather becomes increasingly common, a good gutter system is even more critical ln safeguarding your house, as it's your best line of defense against heavy rain. Make sure your gutters are properly outfitted and installed so they can withstand high winds, too, without causing further damage to your house. inspect your gutters at least twice yearly. Ensure the hangers, straps, or spikes holding them in place aren't broken or loosely fastened and add extras where you see sagging. Clear gutters, downspouts, and strainers of debris and clogs; consider adding guards to open gutters, Check for leaks, particularly at seams, and holes and rust. lf you notice standing water in your gutters, or they drain slowly, adjust their slope. Install downspout extenders and splash blocks to prevent erosion and carry rainwater further away from your foundation.
Spend a little money and time on maintaining your gutters now, and you could save thousands later!