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building a home addition - what you should know

When building an addition to an existing home, many things can go wrong. If you don't know what you are doing, the addition may not be structurally sound, it may leak water and the electrical system could put the entire home at risk of a fire. When I added two bedrooms to the back of my house, I thought that it was going to be an easy project that could be completed in no time. Little did I know that there is a lot of planning that goes into this type of project. This blog will show you what you need to know before you begin building an addition.


Why You Need Functioning Rain Gutters

If you don't already have rain gutters on your home, then you need to have them installed right away. They are important for your house in numerous ways, and functioning gutters should always be in place. It's also important to keep the gutters clean and in good condition. You should read this guide to learn more about gutter installation for your home. 

What is the role of rain gutters?

The rain gutters have one main job, but it is an important one. This one job helps prevent many problems. They capture the rain running off the roof and they deposit it back on the ground via downspouts, where it will then drain away from the house. Some problems they will help prevent include: 

Preventing the house from flooding

It may be surprising for you to learn that those small gutters attached along the roof can actually prevent your house from flooding. However, if your home has a basement and there are no gutters, damaged gutters, or dirty gutters, then one bad storm that comes through your area can leave you with a flooded basement. 

Preventing damage to the foundation

While the foundation is strong, it does have its weaknesses, and one of them is exposure to excessive amounts of moisture. When you don't have rain gutters preventing the rain from flooding the areas around that foundation, it can end up cracking, and those cracks can continue to get larger until you have a major issue on your hands. 

Preventing infestations

When you don't have properly functioning rain gutters, mosquitoes are a major concern, and all of that runoff can cause infestations that include a lot of different insects. Then, when you have more insects on your property, this will bring more spiders and rodents. The rodents can bring the snakes. Once you realize all the different pest issues alone that rain gutters can cause, you will see why you need to have good rain gutters installed and why you should stay on top of cleaning and maintaining them. 

Preventing the siding from being damaged

If the rain isn't prevented from running over the roof and down the siding, then the siding is going to eventually end up being damaged. The kind of damage the siding has will depend on the type of siding you have. But, the damage can include damaged paint, permanent staining, rotting wood, and more. 


Having rain gutters installed is the first step to preventing the issues above. Also, you need to keep them cleaned out, and if you ever notice any sagging or see gaps, then these need to be fixed quickly.