Other than during the spring and fall seasons, homeowners tend to neglect their gutters. This can be a disastrous mistake, as the condition of your gutters not only affects the performance of your roof but it can also impact the air quality in your home.
Not all gutters come in the same size. The roof’s square footage should determine how many downspouts are needed along with how wide the gutters should be. If the shingles hang too far over the eaves, for example, then water may flow directly over the gutters. Likewise, not enough downspouts could result in pooling.
Clogged gutters pose numerous threats. The increased weight from water pooling or ice damming can cause the gutter to pull away from the wall (or unhinge entirely). When the water overflows, damage can still be done:
In either scenario, waterlogged infrastructure creates an environment conducive to mold growth and/or pest infestations. Both can negatively affect indoor air quality. From heightened allergic responses to full-blown toxicities, mold is a danger in any household.