PRO TIP Clogged Gutters. The element that safely drives away rainwater from your roof, walls, and foundation should be very important for you, right? Yes, we´re talking about your gutters. Gutters are a critical part of your home. However, many homeowners do not give them proper maintenance.
Week after week, your gutters and downspouts can accumulate a lot of grime, leaves, and debris. Thus, if you don’t clean them regularly, gutter blockages can end causing serious water damage to your home.
Besides, the lack of maintenance can also damage your drainage system over time. And a gutter replacement plus related repair can be costly and time-consuming.
In this sense, we’ll tell you the issues you can avoid by cleaning your gutters frequently:
1. Wall and Siding Damage
Your home siding is exposed permanently to the elements. Thus, it will always be one of the first elements to be damaged. Moreover, if you have a wooden siding, water coming from clogged gutters can rot it, damaging large areas. Even the water damage can make necessary a total siding replacement.
The damage will be even more significant if you have wooden window frames and other wooden external structures.
Besides, clogging can damage the roof edging and its wooden deck. As a result, roof leaks can appear in your roof, ceilings, and walls. Even your walls can end infested with mold, which is a hazard for your family’s health.
2. Foundation Damage
Water can penetrate through every fissure and gap in your walls and the ground next to them.
So, if your gutters do not divert the water as they should, your house’s integrity may be compromised. It will reach the deepest internal structures of your house, including its foundation. As a result, your home foundation will become weak and start cracking.
Over time, this problem will scale. Then, you can imagine the catastrophic damage it can cause in your house.
3. Gutter Damage
Don’t you use to clean your gutters regularly? You may have a pile of leaves and debris accumulated in them.
As time passes and your gutters accumulate more debris and leaves, they’ll have to bear a heavier burden. After a long time under this pressure, gutters will crack. Even they can detach from the roof’s edge falling off completely. Once a section is lost, the entire gutter system will fail.
In this case, a gutter replacement will be necessary as soon as possible before your home suffers greater damage.
4. Basement and Attic Damage
Your attic and basement are even more prone to suffer water damage than your home foundation. Besides, as homeowners don’t visit these places frequently, they do not realize there may be water damage until it is significant.
Considering that mold only needs around 24 hours to grow, homeowners in this situation may have a serious hazard to their health. Additionally, attics or basements in these conditions are ideal habitats for pests like rats, mice, and insects.
Learn more about Common Causes of Roof Leaks
5. Landscape Damage
Do you have invested a lot of time and money to have a beautiful garden landscape? Well, your drainage system is one of your best allies to protect your lovely garden.
You’ll not want to see your garden destroyed by a heavy water flow or large pools of water.
Thus, protecting your garden landscape is another good reason to keep your gutters free of clogs.
Now, you know why it is a wise move to avoid clogs in your gutters. Therefore, do yourself the huge favor of cleaning them several times per year.
By taking this good habit, you will prevent all the issues mentioned before and their disastrous consequences.
Besides, remember that you can always call Lenox Roofing Solutions for any roofing need. Our trained team of specialists will successfully handle anything from roof repairs to Roof Preventative Maintenance.