Water damage is not always fast and intense; it can happen slowly over time, causing damage that you don’t notice until it is too late and the damage cannot be stopped or undone. Gutters are a home’s first level of defense against preventable water damage because they allow for rain to be drained from the roof and away from the home. This stops water from standing in places on the home that it shouldn’t.
We’re here to explain why quality gutters are one of the most important additions you can gift your home.
Noticing the Signs
Water damage is known for sneaking up on your home, but there are signs that you can look out for in order to catch water damage before it becomes too bad. The most common areas of the home that deal with water damage are floors, ceilings, and walls. The most telltale sign of water damage on these areas is discoloration; however, discoloration usually means that the water damage has reached a critical point.
Before the discoloration appears, you may be able to see bubbling or peeling paint and wallpaper. Other signs that water damage has reached a critical point are swollen, bloated, warped, and spongy areas on your floors, ceilings, and walls.
Furthermore, the presence of mold and musty odors typically means there is water damage. These usually accompany discolorations, but they can also form before you see the stains. The presence of mold can result in more frequent respiratory illnesses in your family.
Another way to tell that your home has water damage is the presence of high utility bills. Some damage can cause heating and cooling costs to go up. If the water leak is within your home’s plumbing, water costs will skyrocket as the leak continues.
Keeping Your Mind on the Gutters
Gutters are known to help carry rainwater away from homes, but what kind of water damage do they help prevent?
Rain gutters can help prevent water damage from the following:
- Roof water damage that can cause rot, deterioration, and mold
- Moisture in windows that can damage window sills and walls
- Water damage to the foundation of your home in the form of erosion, water damage to your floors, and basement flooding
Modern rain gutters are designed to take the rain away from the entire home, not only just the roof. Gutters prevent the rain from reaching windows while also moving it away from the foundation of the home.
Contact a Professional
Because rain gutters need to work properly in order to provide the best defense against water damage, professional installation is very important. Cobalt Exteriors, Inc. offers amazing rain gutter choices and the professional installation to ensure that they are installed properly and will work correctly for many years!
Our products are not only functional, but they look great. Rain gutters do not have to be unsightly! Additionally, we can inspect your current rain gutters to make sure they are working as they should, and we sell products that help to unclog gutters, as well. Cobalt Exteriors, Inc. is truly a one-stop-shop for your rain gutter needs, and we guarantee your satisfaction!