While you might think all homes come equipped with a set of gutters, that isn’t the truth. Some homes never have a system installed while others have been removed due to damage. Whether you recently bought a home that was gutterless or your current home has a broken system, you could be putting your home and family in danger.
Gutters funnel water off of your roof and away from your home, which prevents damage and protects your windows, doors and everything in between (including your family and pets). If your gutters are non-existent or seriously damaged, rainwater won’t run off of the roof and will result in damage.
Here are the top dangers of living a gutterless life.
While clogged gutters can cause damage to your roof, not having gutters can result in just as many issues. Rainwater can collect on your roof causing deterioration, flooding in your attic and interior damage. This can also lead to mold and mildew growth and even attract more bugs to your home.
Just as your roof can be damaged by collecting water, your siding doesn’t escape this potential damage either. Water can cause dry rot and interior damage. Plus, mold, mildew and fungus can begin to grow. (If this happens, we recommend fixing your gutters and getting a great soft wash!)
If water is not directed away from your home, it can not only collect, causing damage to the foundation, but that water can also wash away the topsoil around your home. Topsoil acts as a protectant for your home, and when rainwater causes erosion and the washing away of the topsoil, your foundation is left vulnerable.
While you wouldn’t expect it, gutters keep those pesky potential invaders out of your beloved home. Squirrels can chew through the fascia board, which is what gutters usually are attached to. This usually creates a barrier, but if your gutters are missing or damaged, those pesky squirrels can sneak inside. As we mention above, your basement can also be vulnerable to animals. Erosion can allow mice and rats to weasel their way into your damaged basement. We won’t even begin with the bugs pooling water can attract.
When water isn’t properly directed away from your foundation, your basement or crawlspace can become flooded. This can cause significant structural damage as well as attract many of the pests mentioned above. A flooded basement could also result in mold, mildew and fungus growth which can endanger your family’s health and well-being.
While it isn’t as big of an issue as the previous points, the lack of gutters can also damage your landscaping. After spending hours on your flower beds, you don’t want one hard rain to destroy all of your hard work.
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