As spring begins, it’s a great time to check your gutters for winter damage. Every year spring rains begin falling down, bringing with them the challenges of wetness and dampness. Now is the best time to be proactive about investigating sneaky suspicions. Some things to look for would be water dripping from the back of the gutter, daylight peaking between the gutter and fascia, gutter nails that are pulling out or away, etc. Give some peace to your inner self and get things checked out.
In dryer months, it is difficult to tell where the problems exist, but with the rains of spring we have the best visual inspector for gutter related problems. Water overflowing from your gutters can cause a multitude of concerns:
- Pest Breeding
- Short Circuits
Water leaking into the roof, fascia or soffit can cause mold and mildew in the changing air temperatures within the attic space. The fascia can begin to rot wherever the water is allowed to contaminate the wood. Rainwater dripping onto electrical boxes and wiring in the ceiling and walls could lead to shorts and corrosion. Water not properly shedding away from the home collects at the foundation, both weakening and leaking into the home. Spring rains help water the seeds that start growing in the decaying foliage further hinder clogged gutters. Insects and spiders find a haven for breeding in the pooling of water in the gutters.
The heavy rains of spring are already on the edge of the average installed gutter system’s capacity. With the damaging winter ice and snow, the chance of poor water drainage is increased. Even if there is no damage caused by winter, the rainfalls in recent years could overwhelm your current gutter system. Now would be the time to make the switch to oversized gutters.
Oversized gutters may only be an inch bigger than standard 5″ gutters, but that allows them to handle 40% more water. When the snow and ice of winter is melting on top of the rains of spring, your gutters need all the help they can get. Oversized gutters can also cut down on the amount of downspouts needed for your home, which especially comes in handy when your home has a more complex roofline (valleys, corners, etc.).
For more information on oversized gutters check out our other blog about them or our Oversized Gutters page on our website! If you’re considering upgrading to oversized gutters head to our website to schedule an estimate or give us a call!