The Important Role of Rain Gutters

The Important Role of Rain Gutters

It’s a fall Sunday and the Colts game is on the tube. The last thing you want to do is climb up a rickety ladder and slog your gloved hands through a bunch of decaying leaves and other disagreeable substances in your gutters. It’s got to be done, though. Nothing is more soul-searing than hearing 50 feet of gutter forcibly detach itself from the side of your house at three in the morning because of rotted eaves and 200 or 300 pounds of congealed ice and muck.

Poorly cleaned and maintained gutters will also overflow and not only damage eaves and roofs but also dump hundreds of gallons of water directly adjacent to your foundation. In the wintertime, that can bring total disaster. Expanding ice can crack or shift your foundation, which will undermine your home’s structural integrity. Even in the summertime when there’s no danger of ice buildup, fouled-up gutters are a problem. When gutters are filled with standing water, they’ll attract all sorts of nasty things, such as mosquitoes, other insect pests and even unwanted animals.

With the correct tools, cleaning and maintaining your gutters is a snap. All you really need is a sturdy ladder, a trash can, a water-resistant pair of gloves and a strong stomach. Ideally, you’ll want a buddy along for the ride to keep the ladder sturdy and shout encouragement up to you, but you can manage alone in a pinch. When cleaning, make sure to get all foreign matter out of not only the gutters but also the downspouts. Use a hose and wash the entire system. If a downspout just won’t unclog, use a plumbing snake to break apart any blockage. If, for any reason, you can’t, or won’t, do the job yourself, hire someone to do it. It’s crucial.

If the worst has happened and you find yourself with foundation problems, you’re definitely going to need professional assistance. Unless you’re fully trained, foundation repair is not a do-it-yourself project. If you need help, Ram Jack of Indiana fits the bill. They’ve got the know-how and experience. In fact, they’ve been keeping Carmel, IN houses on the level since 1968. Remember, your floor isn’t supposed to look like a half pipe. Call Ram Jack and hear what they have to say. You’ve got nothing to lose.

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