Gutters ON THE SUBJECT OF
One of the simplest ways to prevent water from getting into the house is to keep the gutters clean. Clogged gutters make excellent breeding grounds for mosquitoes, but that’s the least of the problems they can cause. Over time, a plugged gutter or misaligned downspout extension can allow water to damage roofing, porch columns, balustrades, and flooring, exterior and interior walls, and floors. Serious water incursions can eventually undermine the foundation. > Clean gutters once a year in mild climates, and at least twice yearly in cold ones. > Remove dirt, leaves, and other debris in fall before cold weather makes access difficult, and in spring after the snow and ice have melted. > Check for leaks, failing joints, and missing or loose support brackets. Replace badly rusted or corroded gutter runs and lost brackets. > Make sure the gutters are installed on a slight slope that encourages the water to flow toward the downspouts, which should be placed at corners and at least every 50' of run. The downspouts should direct water away from the house, preferably with extensions. > If water is infiltrating the area adjacent to or below the extension, you may need to do some minor excavation to direct the flow of water away from the house.
Clogged gutters hold moisture against the house and may lead to serious water damage.