If you live in New England, then you’d better know how to handle the rain. The region averages between 35 and 55 inches of precipitation a year, with higher amounts in the more mountainous areas. While rain can often be beneficial and cleansing, it also has the potential to cause significant damage to property if a large amount of water starts flowing where it isn’t supposed to.
No Rain Gutter Guards? Here’s What Can Happen
While the falling rain itself doesn’t usually present much of a problem, the runoff water from roofs can be erosive and even destructive. Think about it: for centuries, cultures have used moving water to power everything from wheels to mills to electric generators. So the last thing a homeowner needs is to have to deal with the power of misdirected water.
Here are just a few of the elements in and around your home that can be damaged by excess water:
- Landscaping. Even a slow to moderate trickle of water can wreak havoc on the delicate lansdcaping next to a home. Flower beds, mulch, soil, and other substances can be eroded or washed away in a single rain event.
- Grass and gardens. If water is flowing into your yard, it will seek out the lowest point on the property and start to pool up. It won’t take long for this process to wear valleys in a yard or flood vegetable or flower gardens that may be in the way.
- Home exterior. If runoff water cannot flow through a gutter’s downspouts, it can easily spill over the back of the gutters themselves. Over time, this can cause rotted fascia boards, soffits, or siding.
- Home interior. If you happen to heave a leak in your walls or attic, water that spills over gutters can find its way into the inside of your home. Then you’re forced to clean up water stains, fix floor buckling, and perhaps even address mold and mildew issues.
- Basements. Water that spills over the outer edge of gutters has the capability of trickling into a home’s basement. This can create additional flooding problems, especially for the flooring and furnishings in finished basements.
- Sidewalks. Ideally, runoff water from downspouts should exit the property as directly as possible. But if it spills over a gutter edge and onto a sidewalk in a front or back yard, the moisture could penetrate the concrete and cause buckling and cracking.
- Foundations. Undoubtedly the biggest problem that runoff water can cause is to a home’s foundation. If misdirected water manages to seep under the home, the foundation could be compromised much like a sidewalk would be — resulting in damage that could easily exceed $10,000.
A Rain Gutter Guard Can Help
With all of the potential harm that runoff water can cause, it’s easy to see why investing in a rain gutter guard is much like buying “water damage insurance” for your home. The most common cause of runoff water problems is clogged gutters thanks to leaves, pine needles, and other debris which flows into them from the roof during a rainstorm. A Gutter Helmet rain gutter guard prevents this from happening by covering the top of the gutters. As a result, solid debris simply slides off the cover and onto the ground while rainwater flows through a small slit into the gutters and can be routed to its proper place.
When you consider the potential problems that rainwater can cause, you can’t afford not to have a Gutter Helmet rain gutter guard installed on your home. So don’t wait — schedule a free, in-home estimate by calling 1-800-975-6666 or by filling out the form to the right.