Clean Your Gutters to Avoid Leaky Basements
April 14th, 2020
Maintaining your home takes countless hours and sometimes the maintenance can seem overwhelming. One of the things that this global pandemic has granted homeowners is the gift of time. We have more time for maintenance both inside and outside our home, and so there is no better time to address all the little jobs that you have delayed.
Gutter cleaning is not the easiest, nor is it the most pleasant job to address, but cleaning out your eavestroughs can be effective to save you from future concerns. Leaves, branches, pine needles and other debris can build up over a year and clog your gutters which can cause water to run along and down the exterior wall of your home. If you have existing cracks in your foundation, you may have a problem, as you run the risk of water seeping into unwanted areas of your home, specifically your basement where water can pool. A wet basement in places like Georgian Bay and Barrie can cause damage to both your home and your health, so a simple job of cleaning your eavestroughs may save you from surprising headaches. Prior to cleaning your gutters, be sure to face your downspouts away from the home, as they may have shifted throughout the winter months.
CLEAN OUT YOUR GUTTERS!
A clean gutter will effectively work to drain water away from your home avoiding the need for a leaky basement repair. A blocked gutter can cause more damage than you think. Once leaves and other debris accumulate, your gutters and roof can become a breeding ground for moss, and before you know it, you have an unwanted moss garden growing on the top part of your house. To avoid wet basements, be sure to have a professional clean out your gutters yearly, as they have the expertise and equipment to do the job easily and safely.
It’s important to remember that gutters don’t last forever, and when they decay or rust or break, then it’s time to replace them. Continuing to use worn out or broken gutters will only lead to problems and the potential need for leaky basement repair. Downspouts experience the same rate of decay, and to ensure they are functioning well, it is a good idea to run a hose down them to investigate any blockages. If downspouts are damaged or rusted and simply won’t stay affixed to the eavestrough, then it is time to replace them.
A simple act of pointing your downspouts away from your home can save you from a wet basement. You can also purchase extension to your downspouts to guide the rainwater even further away from your home’s foundation.
A Spring Clean-Up Can Make a Difference
Spring clean up around your property is something in which homeowners take pride. We endure a long, cold winter and so we relish the idea of getting outside to beautify our homes. Now more than ever, we have unprecedented amounts of time to dedicate to the upkeep of our homes. Seize the opportunity safely to avoid the unwanted surprises of leaky basements and wet basements.