With the first official day of spring due at the end of the week and most of this winter’s near-record-breaking snow melted and gone, it’s a good time to do an evaluation of your home’s exterior to see what kind of damage this brutal season caused.
While there’s a lot to check on, one of the most important (and easily damaged by heavy ice and snow) is your home’s rain gutters.
Snow, ice, wind-blown debris, and other heavy winter accumulations can cause serious damage to old gutters, especially those made from aluminum. If it’s been a while since you had new gutters installed on your Connecticut home, don’t be surprised if they’re looking a little worse for the wear right now.
If the first few months of this year have been any indication, we’re in for a wet spring and summer, so it’s vitally important to make sure that your home’s rain gutters are in good working order. If not, you could be risking more than you think:
- Poorly functioning gutters let rainwater seep into small cracks in wood or molding, which could lead to rotted eaves or fascia. This could ultimately lead to water getting into the home’s ceilings and walls.
- Without properly maintained gutters to funnel water away, heavy rains can cause erosion of the landscape immediately surrounding your home. This will lead to mud and flooded grass, but more seriously put you at risk for a flooded basement or a compromised foundation.
- Falling water that’s not funneled by gutters can also cause “backsplash,” or water from your roof’s eaves hitting the ground and staining the bottom of your home’s exterior. In addition to being unsightly, backsplash can also cause – you guessed it – mold or mildew to form.
Save yourself a more serious headache down the road, and check your gutters soon to see if they show signs of needing to be replaced. Rusted metal, gutters that are hanging or sagging, broken nails or fasteners, persistent clogs, and gaps between gutters and fascia are all signs that you need a professional gutter replacement team.
If it’s time for a replacement, contact CT Gutter for excellent quality and fast, professional service. Offering a variety of different materials and options like leafless gutter systems and heated gutters for winter, CT Gutter is the best choice for Connecticut and Westchester County. Let them take care of your gutters, and your gutters will take care of you.