Most of us think about summer as a sunny and happy time, but that is not always the case. In many parts of the country, summer also provide ample opportunity for rain.
Late summer thunderstorms are something to be expected across much of the United States. According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), there are more than 1,800 thunderstorms taking place at any given moment this time of year. Many of these storms are significant, often at least 15 miles in diameter and taking over 30 minutes to pass over a specific area.
Thunderstorms have a greater chance of developing when there are two basic weather factors interacting with each other:
- quickly rising columns of warm air
- significant amount of moisture
As most people know, both of these conditions exist in abundance during the late summer months, and this is one reason why these storms occur more frequently during this time of year.
During late summer, thunderstorms tend to be stronger because there is the largest amount of warm air and moisture trapped in the atmosphere. These relatively high amounts of moisture and heat give summer storms more potential to be unusually large and damaging.
POTENTIAL DAMAGE FROM LATE SEASON THUNDERSTORMS
Late season thunderstorms are usually associated with several types of related hazardous weather phenomenon. These may include: heavy rain, flash flooding, unusually large hail stones, lightning, very high winds, and even tornadoes.
Any one of these phenomenon (or a combination of them) can produce conditions which can severely test the water channeling and dispersal systems of a home. Winds can produce plenty of debris in the form of leaves and twigs, which can damage rooves and other parts of a house. If heavy rain is not forced away from the foundation of a home, potentially hazardous results can occur.
KEEPING WATER FROM IMPACTING YOUR HOME
When it comes to protecting the home from water related damages, the water removal system of the home – which includes the roof as well as the gutters and drainage system – is underrated by many homeowners. The function that the gutters perform becomes even more important during the late summer season, when violent thunderstorms are at their peak strength and ferocity.
When it comes to protecting the home from water damage, gutters are the unsung heroes of the water removal system. They perform this vital duty in several important ways.
First, gutters collect rain water as it runs off the lowest shingles on the roof. This is very important, because without the gutters in place to catch and channel fluid, large volumes of water would run over and under the fascia of the roof. Not only would this result in water getting into the home itself, the fascia would over time sustain damage in the form of mold and rotted wood; in time it would detach from the house completely.
Second, gutters channel the huge volumes of water dumped by violent summer thunderstorms away from the house. If torrents of rainwater were allowed to just cascade over the edge of the roof and fall to the ground below, in time this water would create a moat-like channel around the edges of the home.
Not only would this expose the foundation of the home and promote flooding, in winter months water would get into this channel and potentially crack the foundation, with catastrophic results for the owner of the home.
GUTTER PROTECTION SYSTEMS WILL HELP
Modern day gutter protection systems go a long way towards keeping the entire home in good shape. If debris is allowed to collect in gutters, water won’t be channeled away from the home properly during heavy late summer storms. An effective gutter protection system will prevent this by keeping leaves, twigs, lichens, and other obstructions out of the gutter in the first place.
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