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One of the first things that I did when I moved into my new home was start looking into my options for solar power. I’m a big believer in reducing dependence on natural resources that are unsustainable, and one of the best ways to do that is by using natural resources that are sustainable, like sunlight. I was thrilled to have my own home that I could customize with solar power. I found that there were all kinds of options for solar power besides those big clunky solar panels. I eventually settled on solar shingles for my roof, and I’m looking into solar powered windows, too. I started this blog to share more information about solar trends with people who are as interested in sustainable energy as I am. I hope to help you understand how contractors can help with these large projects!

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Rain, Rain, Go Away... How Rain Gutters Protect Your Home

If you recently purchased a home without rain gutters, then you need to understand how rain gutters protect the various parts of your house. Rain gutters are a functional necessity for most homes, and you should seriously consider having them installed on your home.

Here is some information on the ways that rain gutters protect your home and garden:

Water Intrusion Damage

The worst damage from lack of rain gutters comes from water intrusion. After a large storm, water runs off of the roof and forms puddles around your home's foundation. If the water doesn't have anywhere to drain, then it will seep under the concrete foundation of your home. This causes small channels of water to form and each time it rains the channels will grow. Channeling water causes cracks in your home's foundation. These cracks cause structural problems as well as allowing water to enter into your home's living spaces. This water can then cause problems with mold and mildew growth.

Water Splash Damage

When water runs off of your roof and onto the ground, it will splash. The repeatedly splashed water will eventually damage your home's wood doors and the lower sections of wood siding. These areas will become discolored and you will see wood rot starting to form. Once this has happened, then the only way to stop the destruction is to move water away from the area via rain gutters and then repair the damaged areas.

Mold, Mildew, and Fungal Damage

Mold, mildew and fungi all flourish in dark, moist areas. This makes a wet basement or crawlspace primary targets for their growth. If water is allowed to drain all around your foundation and enters under your home, then you will eventually have problems with mold and mildew. Additionally, standing water around the foundation will cause fungi to grow in the soil which can kill your vegetation.

Insect Damage

Water breeding insects can damage your home, and they often attack your family as they enjoy outdoor spaces. For example, mosquitoes breed in stagnant water. Mosquitoes bite people and can infect both people and animals with diseases such as West Nile Virus.

Wood eating termites also like moist areas and will be attracted to standing water or wet wood. Termites who are attracted initially by the water will soon set-up a new colony in your home and begin to damage it.

To eliminate insect problems, your home needs to have rain gutters, and they should have leaf guards installed on them. This will prevent the gutters from becoming blocked with leaves and allowing standing water to sit in the gutters.

Final Thoughts

As you can clearly see, rain gutters play a vital role in protecting many areas of your home from serious water damage. If you have decided to install rain gutters on your new home, then you should contact a local contractor like Quality Seamless Gutter Company in your area for a consultation.