There are a lot of different things that can go wrong when you’re a homeowner, and part of the challenge is trying to stay on top of all the different maintenance issues and repairs that come up during the course of a given year. Fortunately, many things aren’t very important, and they don’t cause big problems even if they break down completely. But gutters aren’t in that category. You can get away with faulty gutters for a certain length of time, but the problems will eventually catch up with you.
So what happens if faulty gutters aren’t repaired? How bad will the situation get if you simply let your gutters deteriorate?
Of course, the answers to these questions depends completely on the quality of the gutters, the nature of the problem, and other factors like local climate and precipitation. But the list of problems that can develop as a result of fault gutters is long and unpleasant. Here are a few examples:
- Damage to your home’s foundation
A big part of the gutter’s job is to direct water away from the foundation of the home. When gutters aren’t working properly, this function is not performed, and water tends to pool around the foundation of the home. This can lead to cracks in the foundation, structural damages, and a whole litany of other problems.
- Damage to your home’s exterior
Gutters that leak and overflow will result in too much water coming into contact with the external building materials of the home, which can lead to rot and damages over time. This includes the wood fascia of your home, as well as the soffit boards. Leaking and overflowing gutters really aren’t good for your home’s exterior.
- Leaky roofs
When gutters aren’t working properly, the water on your roof really has nowhere to go, and can end up deteriorating your roof and leading to leaks and other damages. The integrity of your roof depends heavily on having a good working gutter system.
Call the right people for your gutter repair needs
These are just some of the problems that can occur when gutters aren’t working correctly, whether because they’re faulty, clogged, or poorly-built. Problems can also be made worse – and more expensive on the long run – when you call the wrong person to come and “solve” the problem. Looking for basement bargains on sites like Craigslist is one example of how this often happens. You might save a few bucks up front, but how much will it cost you overall? Getting the job done right is clearly the most economical way to go, and this can only be done when you seek the services of a licensed, reputable gutter specialist with a strong reputation in the community. The good news is that gutter maintenance checks, and even the majority of repairs, are surprisingly affordable and can be accomplished in a very limited amount of time. If the time has come to think about a total gutter replacement, a reputable pro will be able to help you explore the best options.