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Standing water in the gutters is a common problem that can be caused by one or more of the following: clogging, bad gutter hangers and installation errors. In today’s post, Gutter Helmet® of Northern Minnesota shares the dangers of standing water in the gutters and explains how the best gutter guard system in the business, Gutter Helmet®, can help.

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Damage to the House Foundation

The primary function of gutters is to keep rainwater away from the house foundation. If the soil under the foundation becomes too moist, it could cause the house to settle unevenly. This can lead to major structural issues including large cracks on the exterior walls, or a part of the house sinking to the ground. Gutters with standing water are more likely to overflow during heavy rainfall. If you needed only one reason to address standing water in the gutters, this is it.

Water Infiltration at the Roof Edge

Water from overflowing gutters can also infiltrate the roof through the gaps at the roof’s edge. The presence of moisture in the attic can result in damage to structural components and insulation, as well as raise indoor humidity that makes it favorable to mold growth.

Corrosion

Standing water in the gutters wear caulk and coatings out, which can expose bare metal components to corrosion. Having your gutter contractor fix the main causes of standing water can keep your gutters corrosion-free. You can improve upon its protection against corrosion by investing in aluminum or copper gutters that do not corrode like iron does, along with installing a gutter protection system like Gutter Helmet over your gutters.

Mosquitoes

Mosquitoes tend to lay their eggs in standing water. Mosquitoes thrive in gutters because they’re hidden from view, and can stay undisturbed until they fully reproduce. In addition to taking precautions like making sure there is no standing water in your yard, you need to make sure that your gutters are likewise dry when it’s not raining.

Gutter Helmet® of Northern Minnesota provides the best gutter guard systems to homeowners in Culver, MN, and surrounding communities. Give us a call at (800) 824-3772. You can also fill out our contact form to schedule an appointment.

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