It’s often said that the little things that can make all the difference, and that goes for your clogged gutters surrounding your home. Having debris and leaves clog up those gutters and drain pipes might seem like an insignificant task on that maintenance list of yours, but ignoring it can actually cause a significant amount of harm to your home over time. As the leaves start to fall, it’s time to turn an eye to your eavestroughs.
Water pooling is one of the main issues that will result when leaves, twigs, dirt, and other debris accumulates. Over time, as water consistently pools around the foundation of your home, it can find its way through hairline cracks in the foundation wall, window wells, the sill plate, or gaps around pipes and vents etc. When water permeates it causes major problems in the basement, from water damage to mold growth.
MOLD GROWTH AND WOOD ROT
As rainwater or melting snow consistently make their way along your walls and into the basement, that damp moisture that’s left to fester for long periods of time can create the perfect environment for mold growth and wood rot to develop. As mold spores grow, they can endanger the air quality of your home and the health of you and your family.
Wood rot, on the other hand, can cause sunken walls and even a sunken roof. In some extreme cases, it can even weaken the structural integrity of your home if the moisture continues to seep through the walls, ceilings or foundation.
Speaking of structural integrity, when it comes to water that’s making its way into your home, it means there most likely are cracks present throughout your walls and foundation. When these cracks develop they can have some severe consequences, such as a weakened foundation to your entire home. This is something that should never be ignored or dismissed.
If you notice leaking cracks along your walls, you should contact a Toronto foundation repair expert immediately to assess the damage and avoid any further damage or more severe outcomes.
Clogged gutters may seem like a run-of-the-mill occurrence that is commonly ignored or insignificant, but it is one of the most important maintenance tasks that should be performed at least annually to clear out those leaves left during the autumn and winter months. Whether you choose to do it yourself or call an expert, ensure that it moves to the top of your to-do list this year to minimize and avoid any potential for water causing damage to your home and your wallet.