Reasons to keep your Gutters Clean

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“Make sure you clean the gutters this weekend!” That’s the age-old directive that almost all of us have either said to someone we love or had someone we love say it to us. Why is cleaning the gutters important? Ameri Care Services of Murfreesboro has some information that can answer this important gutter maintenance questions today!

What are Gutters and Why are They Important?

A rain gutter or surface water collection channel is a component of water discharge system for a home or building. Water from a pitched roof flows down into a valley gutter, a parapet gutter or an eaves gutter. Gutters are an often overlooked but nonetheless important aspect of home maintenance. The purpose of gutters is to catch rainwater and channel it to a downspout and away from your home. Gutters serve the important purpose of keeping excess water away from your foundation and out of your basement or crawlspace.

How do get our gutters get clogged and how can something on top of the house affect something at the bottom of the house?

Leaves and debris from surrounding trees can cause clogged gutters any time of the year, but gutters are especially vulnerable to clogging during fall as leaves shed from the trees. When gutters are clogged, rainwater may pool around the edge of your foundation. Just as clogged gutters can damage a building’s foundation by allowing water to collect close to the base of the structure, this water can also infiltrate basement walls. If water does leak into the basement and is not taken care of properly, it could cause black mold, unpleasant odor, water damage, and flooding.

What is the best way to maintain gutters?

Experts recommend checking and cleaning gutters twice per year.  If your house is surrounded by large trees, you may need to do so more often. A ladder is really all that you need, but a leaf blower may be a big help also. Also, various types of caps and screens are available to keep leaves out of gutters, but even these still require some maintenance.  Regardless of how you clean your gutters, keeping them properly cleaned and maintained goes a long way in protecting your foundation and basement.

Even with proper gutter maintenance, you still may experience flooding or moisture in your basement or crawlspace. The waterproofing specialists in Nashville at Ameri Care Services can fix this problem for you.

Why should I waterproof my basement or crawlspace?

  • You’ll Be Reducing the Risk of Flooding! Waterproofing reduces the risk of flooding by reshaping the way water interacts with your home. Waterproofing your foundation will keep water away from your home, which in turn reduces the likelihood that water will enter your home causing a flood, moisture, or mold.
  • You’ll Be Keeping Your Basement Dry! Waterproofing your Murfreesboro, or Nashville area basement creates a basement that can be used for everything from recreation to storage. This allows you to utilize your basement to its fullest without having to worry about floods, leaks or moisture that can cause extensive damage.
  • You’ll Be Reducing Overall Moisture! Moisture in a home can make your home feel warmer during the summer, cause oxidation on metal objects, destroy paper products, foster environments where mold thrives, and reduce the comfort you feel in your own home.
  • You’ll Be Protecting Your Home! Waterproofing your foundation can prevent water from seeping into your home where it can warp boards, cause walls to rot, and ruin your possessions. It minimizes the amount of water that seeps inside of your home.

Basement and crawlspace waterproofing in Nashville

Taking care of your gutters helps keep water channeled away from your home. Sometimes that isn’t enough. At Ameri Care Services, we take a personalized approach to waterproofing basements or crawlspaces for each of our clients. We understand that waterproofing your foundation is one of the most important improvements you can make to your home. If you would like to learn more about our waterproofing services, please contact us by calling (615) 893-7111 today to schedule a consultation. We welcome clients from the Murfreesboro and Nashville, TN areas.