For many homeowners gutters are that part of your home that are “out of sight out of mind”. But please don’t let that be your philosophy. Your gutters have a very important job which is to divert water away from your home. If those gutters aren’t properly maintained or your home doesn’t have gutters, heavy rains and storms can cause water to pool around the foundation of your home which can lead to water seeping into areas it shouldn’t and lead to extensive water damage. Your gutters protect the foundation of your home, prevent erosion, protect your landscape and prevent basement flooding. They will prevent staining to the exterior of your home, mitigate paint damage, and stop mold and mildew growth. Maybe you think just because you have gutters you’re ok. Well that may not be true, without regular maintenance your gutters may not be serving their purpose and it could be just as bad as if you had no gutters at all. Your gutters need to be cleaned and maintained regularly to ensure they are working properly. Proper gutter systems should be free of holes and gaps and should be pitched properly towards your downspout. Also, you’ll want to ensure your gutters aren’t sagging or pulling away from your home, if you do notice either of these things it could mean your gutters are clogged or faulty internal hangers. Lastly a proper downspout should be free of debris and set 3-5 feet away from the base of your home. One of the main reasons gutters fail to protect your home is due to clogs’ such as leaves, shingle granules, pine needles, and other debris. Many times these clogs prevent water from diverting away from your home and over time water can overflow onto your soffit and facia, back up onto your roof, and pool around the base of your home.