If you live in San Antonio, chances are you’ve been hit by severe rainfall at some point. One of the ways you can help protect your home and property from rain is through gutter installation. Gutters will help keep water from entering problem areas of your home.
Sometimes, even gutters can become blocked up from storm damage. When this happens, water that was supposed to be directed elsewhere comes streaming down onto your home and yard.
To prevent more damage to your home, American Hill Country Gutters needs you to look for the following things.
Severe storms can cause a buildup of debris in your gutters. High amounts of water running off your roof mixed with leaves, twigs, sticks, and branches can cause blockages. These large blockages will restrict the flow of water, leading to your gutters dumping unneeded water onto your foundation or worse.
Small cracks in gutters can be hard to spot, and if you do notice a small fracture, it’s easy to ignore with all the other things to worry about in your daily life. The sheer amount of rainfall that occurs in larger storms can shatter a crack, creating a massive hole or even destroying your whole gutter system. This can damage your yard, your home, and even your foundation.
It takes a quick gutter repair to replace or patch up the broken piece. Repairing the small area will ensure that the issue does not worsen, saving you from larger costly repairs.
Mold Build Up
Moisture still lingers even after the weather has dried up. When this happens, mold can grow on organic material stuck in the gutters. As the mold breaks down the organic material, it can create further buildup, obstructing rain from flowing through the gutter.
Additionally, mold could create an environment where larger fungus can grow. Insects can sometimes feed off fungus, which invites insect colonies to set up their home inside. This creates more obstruction, which creates more problems when rain needs to fall unobstructed.
For mold build up, you have to do a complete sweep of the gutters themselves. This requires getting up close and personal with each inch of them. Identify areas where the most water will flow and purge it of mold. You can use a rag to clean by hand or even a power washer to spray the mold away.
In the event of a storm harboring heavy rain, you could be left with destroyed gutters. When this happens, you’ll need a complete gutter replacement.
You may also need a home inspector to look for hidden damage. The failure of a gutter system could lead to foundation issues and even structural issues like tearing roof trusses and attic water damage.
When you’re dealing with water damage, even the most basic leaks can have disastrous consequences. If this is the case and you live in San Antonio, talk to one of our gutter specialists to see how we can help. Contact our team now and get your gutters back to working order.