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Rain Gutters

Installation of rain gutters is an important and necessary step in maintaining a solid house and a safe home. Gutters divert rain water and melting snow away from the house, and drain into a designated area on your property, decreasing the threat of a flood in your basement, and the risk of damage to the exterior and interior of your home. Water damage can include:

  • Landscape erosion
  • Foundation damage
  • Driveway and walkway damage
  • Basement leaks
  • Roof and shingle erosion
  • Interior wall and paint damage
  • Yard floods
  • Black mold infestation

Rain GuttersKeep in mind that repairs to damaged property can cost hundreds, and sometimes thousands of dollars. Moreover, if black mold begins to grow in your house due to dampness caused by water infiltration, you and your family are at risk for health problems. It is truly worth your time, effort, and money to have rain gutters installed on your home.

Call your local contractor and ask for an estimate. It is wise to get more than one estimate, so contact a few reputable companies; not only will you be able to compare the work involved, but you may also be surprised at the cost differences between competing businesses. If you are a ‘do it yourself’ type of person, there are numerous books and websites that will provide you with information and help you with the installation of rain gutters.

Maintenance
Regular maintenance of your rain gutters is as important as installing them. The most common problem encountered by homeowners is blockage. Leaves, twigs, acorns and seed pods, as well as dead rodents and birds are often the cause, especially during the spring and autumn months. Any obstruction will prevent water to flow freely, causing a build-up which often results in damage to the gutters. Fortunately, the problem is easily corrected by climbing a ladder and using some good old fashioned elbow grease; just remove the blockage and the problem is solved. However, do not lean or pull on the gutters as bending and breakage can occur. An accumulation of heavy debris in the gutters can actually pull them down to the ground. A time saving and inexpensive solution is to install rain gutter guards or jackets; they prevent foliage from clogging the gutters, and allow the water to flow through easily.

 


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