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Understanding the Relationship between Your Home's Gutters and Foundation

Last updated 3 years ago

Gutter cleaning is an important aspect of house maintenance that can actually keep your home’s foundation intact. If you do not regularly clean out the gutters, you are putting your home at serious risk for expensive structural damage. Keep reading to see how the condition of the gutters directly correlates to the condition of your entire home.

• Water Runoff
The primary purpose of the gutters is to allow water to run off the roof into designated areas of the yard, away from the building’s foundation. Without the gutters, water would either accumulate in certain spots of the roof or run off the entire surface in sheets. Gutters are able to divert this water and prevent any major damage, such as shifting or sinking of the foundation.

• Water Weight
One of the most important reasons to use gutters on your home is to avoid water buildup. Just one inch of rainfall can put 1,900 gallons of pressure on the roof. With this repeated abuse, your roof will not be able to hold the weight and will eventually start to cave. Simply keeping your home’s gutters clean will help you extend the life of your roof.

• Debris Blockage
As the gutters work to remove water from the roof, they also collect leaves, dirt, and other debris that can impact their ability to divert water. If you do not have them cleaned away, these blockages can cause water and debris to accumulate on the roof or run down the siding, causing rot and other structural problems. You should schedule regular gutter cleanings to ensure that they remain clear and able to drain water.

Maintain the foundation of your home with regular gutter cleanings from Crystal Clear Window Washing of Chicago. Our gutter, window, and air duct cleanings help your home remain as functional and structurally sound as possible. To learn more about our services or to schedule an appointment, please visit us online or call (773) 942-6765.


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