Top 9 Problems Caused by Clogged Gutters
If you think a few twigs and leaves in your gutters are harmless – think again. Gutters have one task – controlling the water around your home. If debris keeps them from doing their job serious and costly problems can result.
Excess water against your foundation wall can weaken footings and cause cracks – especially in colder months when water freezes.
Water backing up from clogged gutters will cause damage to the wood fascia around your house. The rotted areas will get worse quickly if the leak is not eliminated by cleaning the gutters.
Did you know that clogged gutters are the number one cause of basement water problems? Roof water overflows and accumulates around the foundation. After this happens basement leaks are right around the corner.
During winter months ice forms on top of clogged gutters. Snow then covers the ice. During the next sunny day when the ice is thawing, water running off the roof is blocked by the frozen snow and backs up into the house. This is the perfect recipe for major wall and ceiling damage.
Overflowing gutters can leave water on walks and driveways where it can freeze.
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Grass and newly planted trees and flowers can be killed by excess water. Overflowing gutters can cause erosion and put an early end to your plantings. AND don’t forget wood destroying insects.
Gutters clogged with leaves and debris are the perfect entry point into your home for insects and pests. Standing water in your gutters is a breeding ground for disease-carrying mosquitoes.
Toxic mold can grow in the clogged gutters themselves or once clogged gutters have caused a leak in your walls, mold will grow where you can’t even see it, risking your families health.
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