Although they are often overlooked or not considered by hometowners at all, your gutters are some of the most important parts of your Fort Myers home. We all know how much rain south Florida experiences in a year - even just in summer. Without a proper gutter system in place, your home is susceptible to severe water damage. Additionally, gutters help maintain your yard, preventing any significant changes to the land. But just any gutter system won’t make the grade - it has to be installed and maintained properly. If not, a poorly upkept gutter system can potentially do more harm than no gutter system to your home.
One of the most obvious failures of a poor gutter system, is the evidence of leaks within the system itself. These can occur if the system is just older, and the plastic or metal it is made of has begun to wear away. This wear can cause small holes along the system, which can cause water to drain improperly, creating additional issues that need to be taken care of. A gutter system that doesn’t have the proper gutter guards can become clogged with tree or animal debris, which can cause the water to backup in the gutter itself and overflow over the sides. This is its own problem, and the gutter needs to be cleaned out before any further action can be taken, a task that is quite difficult to DIY and should be left up to a professional, costing you more money in the long run.
If you have a gutter system in place and don’t perform consistent maintenance checks on it, you could be living with a false sense of security, which poses its own problems. Thinking you have a perfectly functioning gutter system can lead to slow leaks developing over time, with water gathering along the roof’s edge or along the boards of your home’s siding. These locations are ripe for mold growth, especially in the humid climate of Fort Myers. By not double-checking your gutter system, you could be opening yourself up to a significant renovation project to remove the mold growth that has been slowly building up over time, because your gutters were not behaving as they should.
Much like the development of mold, cracks or wears in your home’s foundation can begin to occur if your gutters are not taken care of and maintained over time. The point of gutters is to ensure the water runoff from your home is directed away from the walls of your house, preventing the growth of mold as well as the wearing away of the soil and ground around your home. Consistent water against your home’s foundation can cause the ground to shift, and the concrete to shift. This can lead to even bigger problems in your home, that will often require more repairs than just a simple gutter system.
If you would like more information on how important your gutters are to the life of your home, feel free to reach out to us. Our roofing professionals would be happy to answer any questions you may have. We are also ready to help you get started on your home’s gutters, inspecting them or installing a new system, to make sure you are ready for the summer showers that will be coming soon. Please reach out to us by filling out our easy online form or by calling us at (239) 694 - 1056 today!