The Importance of Gutters in Colorado Springs

by | May 20, 2013 | Construction and Maintenance

A slanted roof has one big purpose. It directs the rainwater away from the interior of the home. But all of that redirection causes the water to fall near the house. That water is directed next to the home’s foundation. This can cause major problems to a home. The water can seep into basement floors causing mold growth. It can also cause damage to concrete especially in the winter in Colorado Springs when the water expands as it freezes. Thus, it is the job of the gutters to redirect all of that water away from the home’s foundation.

But the whole system fails if the rules for gutters Colorado Springs are not followed. One of the first rules is to keep the gutters clean. Wind causes leaves to shake loose from branches, animals carry objects into gutters and rain washes down some of the debris. All of this causes gutters to become clogged. A clogged gutter overflows next to the house rendering them useless.

In the winter, these clogged gutters accumulate water on top of the debris and freeze. This creates icicles. While beautiful, these icicles are also very heavy and can inadvertently fall on people or pets. This makes having clogged gutters a wintertime hazard.

Another rule with gutters Colorado Springs is to make sure that they are directing the water away from the foundation. This may mean adding some extensions onto the bottom of gutters. The grading of the land will determine the length. But it needs to be flowing downhill rather than toward the foundation.

There is another option of setting up rain barrels to catch the overflow. Rain barrels are becoming more popular at capturing rainwater. It also serves to keep the water away from the foundation. This water is then recycled back into gardens.

Gutters are an important part of managing the damage that water can bring. It is important to keep them clean so that the water can flow properly. It is also important that they are extended far enough to keep the water from the foundation of the home. Otherwise, you may be shelling out major dollars to replace the foundation.

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