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Rain gutters are present on nearly every home, but we often forget about them, neglecting them until they’re a clogged, messy problem. Why do we need rain gutters? What happens when you don’t have rain gutters? How should we maintain our rain gutters?

At M&M Gutters & Exteriors we answer these questions every day and urge our customers to pay closer attention to their rain gutters to maximize the safety and effectiveness of their home. Today we’re on the blog sharing these answers with you.

If you’ve ever had an issue with a clogged rain gutter, water damage in your foundation, or a basement flood, you may already understand the function and importance of rain gutters. But if not, you’re like the millions of homeowners who forget about their rain gutters until there’s a problem.

We hope you learn some information today that will help you protect your home and maximize the function of your rain gutters.

Why Are Rain Gutters Important?

Your rain gutters are essentially open channels at the edges of your roof that collect and funnel water. When it rains or snows, the precipitation will make its way down the angles of your roof and into your rain gutters, which will divert the water away from the foundation, walls, and windows of your home.

In the absence of rain gutters, you would find the precipitation causing mold and erosion in the exterior of your home, damage to your landscaping, and even serious flooding at the base of your home. You may find staining or discoloration in your siding and warping in your windows.

Properly Functioning Rain Gutters

A well-designed and healthy rain gutter will be completely in sync with the edge of your roof, without gaps or sagging. There should be no holes or blockage in your rain gutters.

The gutters should route the water to the downspouts, usually at the corners of the home. Then, your downspouts should direct water to a safe dumping zone. Your downspouts shouldn’t be blocked by any landscaping and should release the water at least 3 feet away from the base of your home.

Clogs happen because debris will find its way to the roof of your home.

Shingles, leaves, dirt, trash, animal droppings, nests, or shedding, and anything else that could come in contact with your roof will find its way into your gutters and prevent the proper flow of precipitation.

It’s critical that you regularly check for clogs, sagging rain gutters, or rain gutters that are pulling away from the house. Redirect your downspout drains as needed to prevent the accumulation of water too near your home’s foundation or soggy walking areas.

If you’re concerned about the state of your rain gutters, you can call our experts here at M&M Gutters & Exteriors. We can help you find and repair gutters, choose leaf guards, and even just consult about proper upkeep and maintenance that all homeowners should know. Come see us today for help with your rain gutters.