Operating a gutter company in Boise has allowed me to see first-hand why gutter cleaning is so important to a healthy structure. Properly maintaining and cleaning your rain gutter system can save you hundreds if not thousands in repairs and maintenance.
Below are some of the common issues that arise from not properly cleaning and maintaining your gutter system in the Boise area.
Water in Basement:
One of the most common reasons people find water in their basement is due to a faulty rain gutter system. A gutter that is clogged or not properly functioning can allow water to overflow into the ground below, seeping into your basement within a very short period of time. The water can then cause massive damage to items in the basement or materials such as sheetrock the basement maybe finished off with. Further, a basement is molds best friend, typically providing an ideal environment for mold to thrive.
A clogged gutter or damaged gutter just can’t do its job properly and allows water to take the path of least resistance, which is typically over the rim and onto your property. This allows the water to accumulate and saturate the ground in areas that are very harmful to your property. Even causing integrity concerns as the water allows the foundation to settle lower in the saturated area. This can result in cracks and uneven foundation, sometimes visible in the interior walls as they adjust with the foundation.
Our roofs are one of our most important components of our homes or buildings. The roof protects the interior from the elements and environment outside. When roofs fail and start to leak it’s usually very costly to repair not only the roof but the interior as well.
One of the common ways roofs start to leak is from the gutter system. A gutter system that is clogged and not flowing properly in the late fall and winter can allow water to freeze over the gutter pushing the gutter away from the roof. As well when the winter brings snow and it thaws, the water can become dammed up on the roof, due to frozen and clogged gutters. Allowing it to get into your house causing serious interior damage.
Rain Gutters have a simple job to do, direct water to a safe destination. A properly cleaned and maintained gutter does its job very well and can extend the life of your home or building. A failed gutter system rather from not being clean or damaged can allow rain water into areas which cause your home serious and expensive damage.
The Siding and exterior walls are one main area we see water damage occur from a faulty gutter system. As water seeps over or through the gutter it can run directly down your building getting between the siding and walls, requiring major repairs. Damage can also happen to the interior walls in this same way as water is uncontrolled, as intended by the gutter, and seeps into ever area possible.
We all love our landscapes here in the Boise area and failing to clean your gutters can washout and ruin what we work so hard to maintain. Since the gutter is not clean and free flowing it can allow for water to find an easier way to the ground. Allowing it to wash away our landscapes and drown out our vegetation.
As you can tell having your gutters cleaned regularly and maintained properly is extremely important to the health of your property. Hiring a professional is the best way to ensure a properly functioning rain gutter system. Plus, it’ll give you peace of mind allowing you to focus on fun stuff like fishing or shopping.
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Likely you don’t think too often about the different components that make up a gutter system. We think it helps to know some of the basic components of a rain gutter system if you’re looking to replace your existing gutter or install a rain gutter system here in Boise on a new building or home. Rather your thinking about a common system or are leaning towards a unique gutter system which can set your property apart, incorporating ornate downspout pieces and custom gutters. We hope this information is helpful.
Gutter- A trough beneath the roof line made of various materials to include galvanized steel, aluminum, copper and vinyl. Available in a number of different shapes from a half-round U Style to a K Style with a flat back and formed front edge.
Expansion Joint- Since most gutters are made of metals they can expand and contract in differing temperatures. The expansion joint allows for this safely happen throughout your rain gutter system.
Miter- The connecting joint between a 90-degree angle on a gutter system. Miters can be installed inside or outside of the gutter system depending on the design.
End Cap- As it sounds this is the piece used to cap off a non-connected end of the gutter system.
Drop Outlet- A connecting piece of gutter which allows the horizontal gutter to attach to the downspout.
Downspout- Typically tubing which travels from the gutter down to a run off point on the ground. There are many types of downspout available. Rain chains are a popular alternative here in Boise to the typical tubing we often see.
Downspout Band- The piece of material used to attach a downspout to the home or building, typically made to match the material and color of the downspout.
Elbow- elbows are used on downspouts to help direct the downspout in the most beneficial direction for the project.
Gutter Spike- A long spike used to attach the gutter to the structure.
Gutter Strap- Another form of attaching a gutter to the structure, typically used if there is no facia or rafters to directly attach the gutter.
Gutter Hanger- A very common component used to attach the gutter. The hangers are typically hidden within the gutter for a nice clean look.
Custom Brackets- With a number of copper gutter and custom gutter systems there are matching or accenting connecting brackets which are usually highly visual and part of the over all design.
Gutter Screen- An accessory used to cover the gutter helping stop debris from entering the trough wnd building up.
Seamless Gutters- A popular type of gutter installed which uses a solid piece of gutter, customized to each building and the roofline. Reducing if not eliminating the number of joining sections which can help reduce repairs over time.
utter Pitch- The angle in which your gutter is installed allowing for water drainage. A common rule is to use a 1 to 20 vertical to horizontal ratio
ow that you have the basic knowledge on the components of a gutter system, you're ready to start planning your gutter replacement or installation project.
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