Posted on: December 10, 2014
Average annual rainfall in Washington is over 38 inches. Whether you’re a long-time Puget Sound resident or new to the area, you need to know how to combat clogged gutters so your home stays secure in the rain. Leaves, dirt, and other debris can keep your gutters from functioning and could ultimately lead to foundation cracks. Find out the causes of poorly functioning gutters and how you can fix the problem with gutter cleaning or a better system.
Rain might seem like the cause of water damage, but it’s a secondary problem. If gutters aren’t working the way they should be, water travels to the wrong place. HouseLogic explains that water collecting adjacent to a home’s foundation can cause soil to swell and then weaken the walls and foundation with its force. One way to avoid foundation cracks is to redirect rainfall with hardworking gutters.
Wind can also be a contributor, with more twigs, plants, or bits of gravel driven into the gutters during windy weather.
HouseLogic recommends a minimum of half-yearly gutter cleaning for homes with trees close by, yearly cleaning for homes without neighboring trees, and as needed to clear out debris following storms.
Use these guidelines from HouseLogic to clean your gutters:
Better solve gutter problems by installing a new system to keep rain off your roof and house. Your current gutters might be in poor shape, or could be better designed to withstand Washington’s frequent rainfall.
From K-style to copper, see more gutters from Chinook roofing so you can fight back against Washington weather. We can help you find the right gutter system for your home’s style and structure.
Chinook Roofing & Gutters is a full service roofing company with expert cross-trained installers for both commercial-industrial and residential roofing projects. We provide Tacoma roof repair and installation as well as Tacoma gutter installation with a service area that extends throughout the Puget Sound region, including our home base of Fife, as well as Gig Harbor, Puyallup, Milton and more. Contact us today for a free estimate.