Ottawa Homeowners Performing Roof Inspections Should Never Neglect Their Gutters
Every Stittsville roofing company will tell you the same thing: inspect your roof—or have a professional inspect it—at least once a year, if not more often. But for homeowners in Ottawa, roof inspections should never end at the roof. There is a whole extension of the roof that is too often ignored, and can often lead to problems that compromise your entire home if left unattended too long. We’re referring, of course, to your gutters. Here are just a few of the problems an unchecked gutter can bring with it:
All Backed Up
When’s the last time you cleared your gutter out? Even if it has a protective cover, debris can buildup, causing a blockage somewhere along the line, forcing the water to find alternative ways out. It’s not unheard of for backed up water to seep into the walls and ceilings of your home, causing rot, mold, and contaminated air.
Stittsville’s roofing experts have seen all kinds of damp-loving insects infesting a backed-up gutter. From annoying mosquitos to more terrifying household pests such as earwigs, cockroaches, centipedes, and termites, you could be unknowingly creating a thriving ecosystem along the edge of your roof. Avoid an invasion, and keep your gutters from clogging.
Of course, there are a few different contributing causes of an ice dam. A poorly-insulated roof or attic, for example, or an unevenly-heated home. But if your gutters are in good condition and doing their job properly, you can cross one risk factor off the list (while you should still look into the others, too). An ice dam can put pressure on your whole roof, cause water to leak into it, and cause irreparable damage.
When performing a roof inspection, Ottawa residents are advised to look for any signs of leakage from either the gutter or the drainage pipe. The whole system is designed to direct water to where you want it to go—i.e. where it can do no damage. A leakage can lead to water going where you don’t want it, which can lead to slippery walkways, or even water leaking into the ground. A buildup of groundwater around your foundation can damage it or leak into your basement, and if it freezes, it can do even more damage. And don’t forget that excessive rainwater on your car can lead to rust, too.
This is just a sampling of the reasons to include your gutters in your next roof inspection. Ottawa sees a lot of rain, snow, and more, and taking care of your gutters is just another great way to take care of your home. If you do find damage, make sure to contact a Stittsville roofing contractor right away.