When they work correctly, gutters direct rainwater away from our homes. But what problems may arise if they don’t work correctly?
Leaking rainwater from overflowing gutters can affect the stability of the soil around our homes, this can lead to problems with the house’s foundations.
Basements can be flooded or damaged.
The extra weight of debris and static water can damage gutters, roofs, soffits and facias.
Static water and debris in gutters can encourage pests and insects. For example, static/stagnant water in gutters is an ideal breeding ground for mosquitoes.
Static water can freeze and expand, damaging the gutter.
Rainwater ingress can damage ceilings, walls, plaster, and internal timbers.
Rainwater running down a wall can promote algae and moss growth on brickwork and paving slabs.
Leaking rainwater can wash away mortar joints on patios and driveways.