Protecting Your Investment

  • Gutter Problems - Foundation Damage

    8/8/2010 12:00 AM

    In homes with clogged gutters or downspouts, foundation damage is the single biggest problem.  Ground erosion allows rain water to work its way to the foundation, creating structural damage.  If your home develops foundation damage, you’re faced with a very costly repair.  The uneven settling of the house or damage to part of the foundation can also compromise the plumbing and electrical systems and cause settling and cracks on solid surfaces such as sidewalks and driveways.  In addition, you’re looking at tens of thousands of dollars deducted from the resale value of your home.   An efficient and properly maintained gutter system channels rainwater off your roof and away from your home’s foundation.  You’ll also have the added benefit of avoiding the damage created by ordinary rain gutters that are easily clogged with leaves, twigs, granules from shingles and other debris that cause overflow and more costly damage.

  • Gutter Problems - Damaged Fascia, Soffit or Outside Wall

    8/5/2010 12:00 AM

    Non-existent, leaky or poorly-installed gutters and downspouts can not only damage a home’s exterior, but also its structural integrity.  This allows water to penetrate and damage the fascia, soffit or the actual framing of the house, potentially causing thousands of dollars in damage. When rain water is not properly diverted from your home, the water can work its way into your walls—absorbed like a sponge by your home’s wooden framework or decking. This moisture creates a perfect breeding ground for fungal deterioration and wood rot. The most effective way to prevent fungal deterioration of wood is to keep it dry. An efficient rain gutter system will not only channel water away from your home but you’ll avoid the damage created by ordinary rain gutters that are easily clogged with leaves, twigs, granules from shingles and other debris that cause overflow and more costly damage.

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