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Here’s Why Homes With Slab Foundations Still Need Gutters

September 16th, 2019 | No Comments »

Rambler HouseSome homeowners with concrete slab foundations think they don’t need gutters, since they don’t have a basement to keep dry. In fact, however, this isn’t true: homes with slab foundations still need gutters as much as any other home.

One of the main reasons why is that having no gutters (or poorly-installed gutters) can lead to cracks forming in the foundation. All types of foundations, including slabs, are susceptible to cracking when exposed to excess moisture. If left unchecked, a severely cracked foundation can ultimately compromise the structural integrity of your home.

Here’s how a lack of gutters can contribute to cracks and water damage in slab foundations:

  • During rainstorms, water will pool on and around your concrete foundation. Continued exposure to water can wear down the concrete and lead to cracking. Moreover, moisture buildup around your slab foundation will cause the ground to become soft, reducing the structural soundness of the foundation.
  • Without gutters, water will cause a concrete slab foundation to expand and contract more often, putting it at greater risk of cracks. The less water you have around your foundation, the more consistent the soil’s temperature and moisture levels will be. This consistency will reduce the likelihood and severity of foundation cracks.
  • If the concrete does crack, additional water accumulating around your home’s foundation will enter into the cracks, further compromising its integrity.

What’s more, rain runoff accumulating near your slab foundation can damage your lawn and cause the soil to erode more quickly.

Regardless of what type of foundation your home has, moisture control is important. A modern, effective seamless gutter system will help protect your home by channeling rainwater safely away from your foundation. To learn more, feel free to give the team at Bell Seamless Gutters a call at our toll-free number or contact us online today!

How Can a Rainwater Collection System Benefit your Lawn and Garden?

May 30th, 2017 | No Comments »

The collection of rain for purposes of irrigation is an ancient practice, encountered across many cultures. The earliest rain water collection systems can be traced back to 3000 BC in modern-day India. Ancient Romans also famously collected rainwater and created reservoirs and underground tanks to store it in. In more recent history, however, rainwater collection has become less prevalent due to the development of modern municipal plumbing systems. But just because this practice isn’t as popular as it once was doesn’t mean you should discount the idea of rainwater collection. 

Collecting excess rainwater is an effective, easy way to maintain a sustainable landscape, whether it be in your garden or front lawn.

How Can a Rainwater Collection System Benefit your Lawn and Garden?The roof of a 1,000-square-foot home sheds an average of 600 gallons of water per inch of hourly rainfall. A rain collection system can catch and store up to 80 percent of this water to be used later on for irrigation. While there are a number of different rainwater collection systems, the basic idea behind all of them is the same—a storage vessel or diverter is placed below the downspouts of your gutter system to catch water before it reaches the ground. The stored rainwater, which is free from chlorination and other treatments, is ideal for watering your lawn and garden.

Implementing a rainwater collection system will reduce the demand on your existing water supply, and minimize the impact of erosion and surface water runoff on your landscape. In modern-day applications, these systems have been especially effective at combating the effects of drought and water pollution on lawns and gardens.

Want to learn more about how easy it is to start harvesting rainwater from your gutter system? Contact us online or give us a call at our toll-free number today!