How Does Gutter Cleaning Prevents Basement Flooding?

If you have a basement in your home the last thing you want is to have to deal with flooding. Standing water in your cellar may not only damage your things but could quickly cause damage to your property plus become a health risk to you and your family as mold and mildew start to grow.

Drying out your home and repairing water damage may be an expensive endeavor so, if possible, prevention is definitely better than cure. While it may feel counterintuitive to look to the roof when trying to solve a basement issue, not cleaning your gutters can be one of the primary causes of damp or water ingress in your basement.

The Purpose of Gutters

When it comes to protecting your property gutters serve an important purpose. Gutters have one job, to guide water off the roof and safely away from the foundations of your home. This stops water damage to your property from the roof and sidings right down to the cellar and foundations.

Without gutters the rainfall can pool too close to your home leading to erosion of the soil. Erosion is likely to be bad for any plants and flower beds you may have around your house but it may also cause more severe problems.

Water collecting too close to your home may cause standing water in your cellar and result in your foundations settling resulting in cracks in walls and chimneys and subsidence.

Rainfall running down the side of your home is likely to also cause water damage to the outside of your home and the roofline.

It is possible your property will not have gutters, and you could not need them if you live in an area of particularly low rainfall. However, in most areas it’s more than likely there are already gutters on your property. The issue is that gutters just being there often isn’t enough. You can have perfectly good gutters but they won’t work if they are blocked. If this doesn’t happen, they may become blocked and not work as they should, causing equivalent difficulties, or worse, than if you had no gutters at all.

The best thing you are able to do is be proactive rather than reactive. Sorting out a damp or flooded basement is so much more complex and time consuming than proactively maintaining your property to prevent the difficulties arising in the first place.

Tips to Prevent Water in Your Basement

Gutter Cleaning

Keeping your gutters clean is a vital element of your property upkeep and neglecting this task may have a significant negative effect. Not only might your gutters become so blocked and heavy that they pull away from the side of your property or spilt, but overflowing gutters mean that rainfall is not being efficiently funneled away from the foundations of your property which can result in cellar flooding and subsidence.

Once rainfall finds its way into your property you also have to sort out the issues it causes there, including wood rot, mold and mildew which may be difficult to fix and bad for your health.

Most professionals suggest gutter maintenance at least once a year if not twice and more often if you have a lot of vegetation closeby. Autumn and spring are good times due to the fact that a lot of vegetation may get into gutters in autumn and animals like to make their homes in gutters in the spring.

If cleaning your gutters isn’t your ideal way to spend a weekend you can book a professional in to come and maintain your gutters for you, or you can think about having gutter covers installed that stop debris from building up in the first place.

Update or Repair your Gutters

If you have leaking gutters it could be time for replacement or repair. When it comes time to think about replacing your gutters you might want to look at seamless gutters that are less prone to leakage and blockages. Installing gutter guards is also an option as they stop pests and debris from entering your gutters, thus reducing the amount of cleaning required.

When inspecting to see if repairs are required you could also inspect for sloping or drooping problems. Drooping gutters could not be obstructed but could easily overflow with heavy storms as rainwater is not being funnelled away effectively. It is also important to check that downpipes are not blocked.

Check Where Water is Leaving the Downpipe

Often downpipes will need extensions to protect your homes foundations from water. The difficulty is that these are likely to often end up being removed as they are either unattractive or in the way. If you forget to put them back then this may cause problems with rainfall collecting at the base of your home.

Other Tips to Stop Basement Flooding

While gutters are a great place to start when looking into the underlying reason behind water in your cellar, or taking measures to prevent it, there are other potential culprits that you should also consider.

  • First up you should investigate for any cracks in the basement and make any necessary repairs as water will invariably find a way through cracks.
  • Look at the landscaping. Again the landscaping in your backyard may not be the first place you think to look to prevent water ingress to your basement, but if your backyard causes water to flow towards your property this can result in rainfall pooling and seeping into the basement or foundations of your home.
  • If your property has a sump pump keep it well maintained and turned on when you are expecting stroms.
  • Inspect your flashing. Yes this is on the roof but water always flows down, so if your flashing hasn’t been properly installed water may be falling down the side of your property and eventually ending up in your cellar.

If prevention is no longer an option you need to mop up the puddles and dry it out as fast as you can so you can see what damage has been done and hopefully discover where water has gained access.

Leaf Police LLC in Southeastern Wisconsin is proud to provide professional gutter cleaning and maintenance in New Berlin, Brookfield, Waukesha, Milwaukee, Pewaukee and more cities nearby! Call 262-364-8205 now to schedule our gutter services today!

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