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The Importance of Gutters on Your Roof (Infographic)

Gutters are a critical part of your home's infrastructure. They keep water from collecting where you don't want it to. And make the rain more bearable by preventing it from pouring on your head when you walk in or out of your home. This infographic covers many more of the essential functions that gutters perform. 

How much water do gutters move?

Look, your roof can collect a lot of water. Just 1 inch of rainfall over a 1000 square foot roof will send more than 600 gallons of water into your gutters. That water would otherwise collect under your home, by your front door, or in other places, you don't want it to be. 

Why are clogged gutters an issue?

Clogged gutters can cause water to collect in your gutters which can cause a lot of issues. For one, they can become a breeding ground for bacteria, mold, termites, or other pests. It can also lead to water pooling in place in your yard where it shouldn't, such as in your basement. Finally, it can lead to gutter damage in the winter if ice builds up in and on your gutters. This is especially a problem in the winter when it's time to remove snow.

How often should I inspect/clean my gutters?

Your gutters should be inspected in the spring and the fall. If they are clogged, get them cleaned. Generally, you can clean your gutters once in the fall after all the leaves have come down. Be sure you also inspect the downspouts for damage as well. 

How do clogged gutters lead to basement flooding?

A clogged gutter can cause water to pool against your home. Over time this can lead to a pool of water which may eventually make its way into your basement. 

Gutters play a crucial role in your home, diverting water and preventing various issues. They handle large volumes of water, preventing it from pooling in unwanted areas. Clogged gutters can lead to pests, water damage, and gutter issues, especially in winter. Inspect and clean your gutters in spring and fall to avoid problems, including basement flooding. So regular maintenance is essential.

This infographic was created by The Gutter Boys, be sure to check them out for more great info. And while you are at it, be sure to share this infographic with your friends and family to help more people learn about the importance of gutters.  

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