In Atlanta and the greater Fulton county metro area, the last few years have delivered some of the rainiest stretches on record. With the downpour comes flooded basements, leaky windows, and compromised foundations.
While you contemplate the Atlanta rainy season, and all the indoor hobbies that can fill your time, make sure your gutters and home are properly prepared for the precipitation.
How Does Heavy Rain Damage Your Gutters and Home?
Remember that the core function of gutters is to collect, and travel water away from your roof and foundation. When the gutters connect with the downspouts, it should further repel water away from your house’s base keeping the area around it dry and unharmed.
If your Atlanta gutters are clogged, and therefore compromising the core function of your rain gutters, the water traveling towards the downspout will collect around the clog. When this happens, the water will overflow and do the exact opposite of what they were intended to, and that’s sending water straight down below your roof next to the foundation.
Furthermore, if enough pressure is applied to the gutter from the weight of the rain, the gutter system could crack, or fall off completely. When this happens your entire waterproofing system has collapsed leaving your home in a treacherous and dire position.
How to Prevent Damage to Your Home Caused by Heavy Rain
No amount of money spent on gutter material or gutter installation can prevent the need to have your gutters professionally cleaned and maintained on a regular basis. Ned Stevens recommends six times a year, with the fall season getting the most attention with three cleans recommended during that time. Ned Stevens even offers service plans that let you set and forget your gutter cleanings throughout the year.
Before you set your gutter cleaning appointments, take a look at your property and ask yourself the following questions:
- Do I have any high trees hanging near, or over my roof?
- Do I have any uneven landscapes in and around my property that could allow water to pool?
- Where is the best place on my property to propel water away from the foundation?
- When was the last time I had my gutters professionally inspected and maintained?
How you answer these should probably determine how quickly you schedule an appointment with Ned Stevens. Call (470) 518-5015 to get a free quote.