Who wants to spend their holidays booking gutter installation and replacement services and cleaning out flooded basements instead of enjoying the time with their loved ones? Unfortunately, when water pools in your basement, the stress it causes is often enough to overpower whatever festive spirit you may have. Before you relax for the holiday season, it’s important to make sure your home is protected from this type of problem.
Why Do Basements Flood?
It may be hard to believe but avoiding flooded basements starts in a part of your home that’s farthest from your basement: the gutters. Your gutters and downspouts are responsible for channeling runoff from your roof and directing the flow of water away from your foundation and into a safe drainage site. When your gutters are clogged, this water can often make its way into your basement where it could cause thousands of dollars worth of damage.
Proper Gutter Maintenance
Before the winter season kicks in, call your local gutter cleaning service for a thorough inspection of your gutters as well as some timely cleanup. Fallen leaves and debris are the top causes of clogging problems in many homes, which then leads to flooding in the basement if not removed when the snow and ice begins to melt. Schedule a professional cleaning of your gutters at least two times a year to avoid these types of issues.
A finished basement with adequate heating can radiate heat up to eight inches beyond its walls. This could melt the snow in the ground which, over time, causes moisture to build up around your basement. If left unchecked, this could eventually result in flooding problems.
Resolving Blocked Gutters
Consider replacing your old and traditional gutters and downspouts with seamless gutters. Obstructions and other problems like ice dams often start at the welded areas inside the troughs of your gutters. A seamless gutter simply does not have these welded sections so they are less likely to clog with debris or ice.
Keep your basement nice and dry this winter with help from our professionals at Advantage Seamless. Give us a call at (218) 270-2663 or fill out our contact form and request a free estimate on gutter upgrades today. We serve homeowners in St. Cloud, and other nearby areas in MN.