Every business owner’s goal is to succeed. Success can be viewed in different ways, including the number of products sold, the number of clients who have stayed committed to purchasing products, or the amount of money made annually. However, some business owners may not realize the impact the outside appearance of their building has on their business. Maintaining the exterior of your facility is crucial, especially your rain gutters.
It is important to regularly clean your commercial rain gutters to stop water damage from occurring to your business. As a business owner you might think that the money you would spend on regular gutter cleaning could be more useful in other areas, but it is worth the investment. If you decide to forego this important step, the results can be devastating.
When rainwater pools up around your building’s foundation, an unbelievable pressure is put up against the foundation and property. As a result, leaks develop in the basement, crawl space, or other areas of the property. In addition to this, there is the possibility the siding to your building will be damaged. The consequences of all these problems can lead to mold, wood rotting, and other kinds of issues, resulting in water damage to the exterior as well as the interior walls.
No property is resistant to water damage. According to FEMA, water damage as a result from flooding is one of the most common and expensive hazards in the U.S. and, unfortunately, many business owners’ insurance policy does not cover flood damage. Typically, when you think of flooding you think about thunderstorms and excessive rain. However, flooding also happens because of a clogged drainage system. However this happens, either fast or slow, areas you thought could not be damaged are affected. Besides flooding, the concerns that you and your business could face include:
- Structural damage
- Electrical damage as well as future risks
- Damaged crops
- Sanitary hazards
Don’t forget, nothing is resistant to the damage water can cause. It only takes a few inches of water to create massive and expensive damages to your business.
To ensure your commercial rain gutters are working and draining correctly, regular cleaning and inspections are important. It is also vital to stay on top of your gutter maintenance because if not, there is the possibility of a liability lawsuit if your gutters collapse and someone is injured. The main purpose of gutters is to direct water away from your building’s foundation. If they are not taken care of correctly, they become clogged and cannot perform their job, resulting in major issues in the future.
When you have commercial rain gutters installed, you are helping your employees, customers, and patrons feel comfortable. You do not want these important individuals to deal with the issues that arise from neglected gutters. Instead, make sure you have regular commercial rain gutter cleaning on your to-do list.
On the other hand, if you do not have regular gutter cleaning on your to-do list, your gutters could fail to direct water away from your building, leading to health effects on customers and employees. Mold spores will quickly decrease your indoor air quality which can affect individuals with preexisting conditions such as allergies and asthma.
Besides foundation problems, a clogged gutter can impact your business in other ways such as:
Reputation: The last thing customers or suppliers want is to get wet as they are walking in and out of your building.
Professionalism: Experiencing any of the problems mentioned above is extremely unprofessional.
Exterior aesthetics: Discoloring and damage to the exterior walls and surrounding areas is an eye sore and does not look good for your business.
There are a multitude of issues to be aware of when it comes to your commercial gutters. Therefore, do not let the lack of cleaning them have a negative impact on your business. Keep in mind, the first impression is vital and valuable for a first-time customer.
If you want to prevent issues due to water damage or overflowing gutters, GutterPros is here to help you! We have decades of experience providing services to commercial properties installing and cleaning their commercial rain gutters. Call us at (314) 656-7195 to get a free estimate and to learn more about our services.