So why do you think the gutter is important

Gutters

So why do you think the gutter is important

Just for draining the water from the roof? Not exactly; though the object of the gutter is to channelize rain water away from the roof and the house, it serves a bigger purpose. Gutters save the floor of the house from getting soggy. They also save the walls of the house from getting wet and thereby abate the formation of moulds. So how does a gutter function?

Functioning of gutters

The water from the roof is channelized into the gutter. The water flows through the gutter and into the mouth of the downspout. The downspout disperses the water away from the foundation of the house with the help of extensions. But that is what a normally functioning gutter would do. What about a malfunctioning one? What are the problems that a malfunctioning gutter can give rise to? Well, there are many.

  • Water accumulating in the gutter

If the gutter is sagging or if the pitch of the gutter is not correct, water may accumulate in the gutter. In such a situation, the gutter may overflow and water may fall directly from the gutter to the ground. This would not only stain the walls of the house, but also moisten the walls. If this continues for some time, there may be growth of algae or mould in the walls.

  • Water may not accumulate in the gutter, but if the mouth of the downspout is not in the right position or if it is dislodged from its place, water may again fall directly from the gutter to the ground. This may, again, stain the walls. Moreover, since it is very likely that water would fall near the foundation. This may lead to hydrostatic pressure building up near the foundation. In near future, this pressure may lead to water build up inside the house. This may make the floors of your house soggy. If this goes on your house may become damp and that may abate the growth of mould.
  • If the gutter is old and has become worn out, it may grow leaks. Water may seep into the walls through these leaking points and make the walls damp and soggy. This, again, may lead to formation of damp and consequent moulds in the inside walls. This is harmful for your health.

Parts of a gutter that may need to replace

Gutters are made of different parts. The gutter itself is formed by joining a number of potholes together. So if one part is sagging or leaking, you may just replace it and rectify the problem. However, you may also need to replace the fasteners. The fasteners attach the gutter to the fascia of the roof. These fasteners may become weak and lead to unfastening of the gutter from the wall. As the fasteners become weak they may not be able to bear the weight of water any more, especially during heavy downpours. Even the downspout of gutters may be troublesome. The mouth of the downspout may get dislodged from its position. In such a condition the water would directly fall from the gutter to the ground.

 

 

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