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Gutter Problems and Solutions: Tips from a Home Remodeler

Written by Guest Blogger
January 10th, 2014

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Time-tested gutter screens, when properly installed, can prevent a lot of structural water damage to your home. 

When planning home remodeling or home additions, it is important to remember your gutters. While gutters are generally thought of as simply an effective way to funnel water off the roof and away from the building, they actually do much more. Properly installed and maintained gutters can help prevent leaks in basements and crawlspaces, prevent rot from setting in, reduce erosion around a home and even serve as a way to collect runoff rainwater for future use.

home remodeler dallas Many people are not aware that having improperly maintained gutters can be worse than not having any gutters at all on their home. To give you an idea of the damage that improperly maintained gutters can create, here is a case that von Gillern Construction dealt with and corrected. A client recently purchased a home and the real estate inspector noted evidence of rot around the garage entry door.  At first, misdirected sprinkler heads were suspected as the root of the problem. However, while working on a rainy day, water was noticed coming into the garage.

waterAfter further inspection, the water was discovered to be coming from above. A check of the gutters found them completely full.

As a result, the door and jamb needed to be replaced. In addition, the gutters were completely cleaned out and properly screened in order to avoid future problems.

Gutters need to be cleaned regularly and undergo proper maintenance. Gutter screens will allow water to flow smoothly while keeping leaves and other debris from clogging the gutter. It is important to keep the gutters clean so that water does not back up, which can lead to a soaked foundation, roof damage and even become a breeding ground for mosquitoes. Even with gutter screens or guards, all gutter systems should be inspected twice a year and cleaned or repaired if necessary because fallen branches on the roof, loose shingles or poor installation can affect their performance.

full guttersWhen having home remodeling or room additions done, it is important to have your home remodeler check the gutters. Any problems should be addressed immediately to avoid future damage, which can be costly if left untreated.

If you are planning a room addition, kitchen remodeling, bathroom remodeling, home addition, or interior or exterior updates, visit the von Gillern Construction website or call us at 972-818-0411 for information. Von Gillern Construction has served the Dallas area for many years, including Plano, Frisco, White Rock Lake, Preston Hollow, Addison, Park Cities and Lakewood. Committed to providing the highest quality craftsmanship, von Gillern Construction received the 2014 National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI),  Greater Dallas Contractor of the Year (CotY) in the Residential Addition  $100K – $250K category.

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