You may not pay much attention to maintaining your gutters, but it’s extremely important to ensure that your gutters are properly cleaned of debris that may clog it. Professional roofers can ensure that you get the best results when it comes to gutter and downspout cleaning and maintenance.
If you aren’t careful, you may end up with some of these unfortunate problems that are caused by gutters that are clogged with debris. Clogged gutters may cause the following common problems…
- Damage of your windows, doors and patios: This kind of damage may not be what you expect to hear about, but it happens when backed up water spills from the edges of the gutter and onto the walls, window, doors, patios or any other surface that is in its way. Your windows, doors and walls will eventually begin to rot, weaken or warp, because they were meant to keep water out, but they weren’t meant to receive that much water contact.
- Damage of your landscaping and foundation: You definitely don’t want your foundation to receive that amount of water contact, because it may begin to leak, crack or sink and then it won’t be able to support your home’s structure. The water in your gutters or downspouts is meant to be transports away from your home’s foundation, to an area where the ground or drainage systems where it can be absorbed or carried.
- Possibility of slips and falls: Your clogged gutters may cause water to spill out onto areas that you may not expect it to fall. You may unfortunately end up in a situation where you or another person walking, may slip and fall, because of the water that falls out onto a pathway, walkway or entrance around your home.
- Damage to your roof: Clogs cause water to back up in your gutters, your roof’s edge and your roof’s underlying materials. The contact with the water that’s backed up, will damage those areas, causing the surface material and the wood to rot and weaken and you’ll have to end up replacing them.
- Damage of the wood fascia: The gutter attachments that are attached to the wood fascia can begin to detach, because of the heavy water back up, due to clogging. If the backed up water spills over onto the gutter’s edges, they will also cause the wood to rot and weaken and you’ll have to replace them as well.