Fall brings us cooler weather, pumpkin spice, and beautiful autumn foliage. As the season’s name proclaims, once those leaves change colors, they fall. They fall on your yard, your car, and your roof. After a few storms, those once-beautiful leaves can clog your gutters which may lead to unexpected repair bills. If you would like help dealing with this nuisance, J&A Services, a construction company in Owings Mills is at your service. We provide expert construction and gutter-cleaning services for customers in the metro Baltimore area.
How Clogged Gutters Can Lead to Costly Repairs
Your gutters’ primary function is to channel rainwater from the roof to the ground without causing erosion and compromising the foundation. Clogged gutters are not able to function optimally leading to damage to your home.
Foundation Damage From Standing Water
Your gutter system is constructed to quickly move water to the ground so that it drains away. When your gutters are clogged, this can cause water to drip slowly, seep into the ground, and puddle just below the downspout. When the ground around the foundation is continuously wet, this can lead to cracks and major structural complications over time.
Roof Damage from Leaks and Heavy Snow
When rain cannot properly drain, the excess moisture on the roof can deteriorate the shingles and underlayment. Standing water leads to leaks and possible damage to the walls, ceiling, and frame. In the winter, melted snow is unable to run off allowing snow and ice to build up and become so heavy that it can create serious problems with your roof.
Water Damage and Rot to Fascia Boards
When gutters are clogged and unable to drain properly, the water and wet leaves can make contact with the fascia boards that hold the gutters in place. Over time, this can cause the wood to become waterlogged and rot. If the gutters are heavy enough with saturated debris, the fascia boards may detach from the house altogether.
Mold, Mildew, and Insects
Anytime there is surplus moisture, there is a greater chance of growing mold and mildew, especially in a damp basement, and attracting insects. Certain varieties of mold can be very dangerous to your family and pets. Additionally, many insects, like termites, thrive in moist environments.
Construction Company in Owings Mills: J&A Services
Prevent a major repair job later with a minor gutter clean-up now. To set up a free estimate for cleaning your gutters, or to discuss any of our services including concrete construction, landscaping, and masonry, contact J&A Services today.