NO DRAINS OR SPLASH BLOCKS
We tend to focus on the gutters sitting on our roofs, but what about the downspouts that hang from the sides of the building? When water travels down spouts, it needs to be directed away from the building. Some structures of underground drainpipes are connected to downspouts while older buildings use "splash blocks." If neither are installed, water will find its way into the foundation which can cause mold, dry rot, mildew and foundation issues.
If you ever wondered why your gutters are not channeling water the way they are supposed to, despite it looking in good condition? A clogged gutter slows water exit and creates areas where water just sits in your gutters. Almost anything can cause a clogged gutter, that's why it's important to check not only the seat area of the gutter but also the opening where all the water is channeled to.
The area between the roofing shingles and the actual gutters is where flashing should be located. Without flashing, the wood from the roof is exposed to water and other debris that passes through the gutters. This leaves your roof more susceptible to dry rot, insect infestations, and roof leaks which can result in interior damage.
Common Issues | Gutters
When it comes to most widely recognized common problems or maintenance, gutters don't need much introduction. Clogged gutters are culprits of roof damage, siding damage, rust, and erosion. Though it's important to clean your gutters for efficient water flow, it should not be the only focus when it comes to having a proper gutter system.
IMPROPER DOWNSPOUT PLACEMENT
Having gutters on the roof won't be effective at all if downspouts are not present. Improper location of downspouts, missing downspouts can lead to excessive and improper water flow. The result of this issue can result in an unforgiving roof leak.
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