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Total Protection: Sturdy Gutter Guards Safeguard More Than Just Rain Gutters

September 6, 2017

According to home experts, homeowners should clean out their gutters twice a year (during the Spring and Fall) if they want their gutters to dispose of rainwater efficiently. If cleaning out your gutters yourself isn’t an option, experts advise that you install a gutter guard protection system to keep debris and leaves from accumulating in your gutters.

Gutter guards are often touted as a way to prevent gutters from clogging due to debris accumulation, and that is exactly how many people perceive these systems to be. What many people do not realize, however, is that sturdy gutter covers like GutterDome can protect more than just your gutters. These efficient systems can also prevent problems such as:

Ruined Landscaping

A clog in your gutter often forces water to escape through the sides instead of the downspout. Water that comes crashing down in this manner can easily displace soil and leave craters where water can pool, ruining whatever landscaping you’ve done in your lawn or backyard. Additionally, large amounts of water running through your yard have a tendency to pool at the lowest point. When this happens too often, permanent valleys can form, resulting in uneven land. 

Eroded Foundations

Typically, your gutters and downspouts work hand-in-hand to safely transport rainwater away from your home. Of course, this only happens if rainwater reaches your downspouts in the first place. Rainwater that escapes from your gutters tends to fall onto the area directly below it. Unfortunately for many homeowners, this area often provides rainwater with easy access into the foundation of your home. This can lead to an eroded foundation, a problem that threatens the structural integrity of your home and often requires thousands of dollars to repair.

Mosquito-borne Illnesses

When it isn’t raining, rainwater will pool inside your gutters right where the source of the clog is. This stagnant water is the perfect breeding ground for many insects, especially mosquitoes. This poses a huge problem, as mosquitoes are a well-known vector for diseases like West Nile virus.

As you may have noticed, a clog is the root cause of these problems. Fortunately, one root cause also means one convenient solution: gutter guards. Do not hesitate to speak to a trusted gutter guard manufacturer or installer like GutterDome, Inc. to learn more about the benefits of installing gutter guards.