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Your gutters are a necessary part of your building that helps guide the rainwater away reducing the risk of moisture and water damage to your property. They are the open, horizontal metals (which can be made from aluminum or copper) that are attached to the edge of your roof.

Consequences of Having Gutters in Poor Condition

Gutters are a simple but genius invention that prevents damage in the form of moisture, mold, and water in your home. It directs that unwanted rainwater back into the drainage system that would otherwise cause damage.

Poor maintenance or ignoring a broken, leaky or poorly installed gutter can have negative consequences for your property. It could make your house unpleasant to live in; it increases the chances of wood rotting or mold accumulating, it can lead to a water overflow and your basement can flood.

All of these result in a horrid smell and appearance. The good news is that there are tangible and practical steps that you can do to stop that from happening.

How to Keep Your Gutters in Good Condition

If your gutters become clogged or blocked by debris and dead leaves, then that will block the water from flowing into the drainpipe. Performing regular checks on the state of your gutters, particularly after it has rained will reduce the chances of a buildup of fragments and leaves.

General maintenance is relatively easy and something a resident can simply do. Read our article on how to clean your gutters here.

If your gutters aren’t effective in flowing the water into the drainpipe and they’re still leaking and damaged, even after you’ve cleaned them, then it might be a sign that they are in need of a replacement.

Gutters made of seamless copper and aluminum are highly recommended as they have a generational life expectancy and are durable.

Gutters are an important part of your building’s structure and a line of defense against water damage, mold, and moisture. If ignored, they can deteriorate and cause a lot of unnecessary headaches and inconvenience in the future! You can take practical steps today, to ensure that that doesn’t happen.

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