Gutter cleaning is an important maintenance task that should not be overlooked. Significant damages can be caused without proper maintenance and upkeep. From foundation damage to roof leaks and flooding, clogged gutters can lead to costly repairs when left untreated. Some problems caused by clogged gutters are:
The idea of a gutter system is to channel water off the roof and away from the home's foundation. With a clogged gutter, water can build up and start pouring over the sides which will result in a pool of water around the foundation. The foundation of your home supports the entire structure, and excess water can cause your foundation to leak, shift and crack or even sink. This can also lead to mold growth.
Wood Fascia Damage
Fascia boards that holds the gutter system are often made of wood. Clogged gutters make the wood deteriorate and rot. In addition, the overflow of water from the clogged gutter can cause any wood siding to rot away.
When gutters clog and water spills over the side, the landscaping also suffers. It often lands on flower beds, small trees or shrubs that surround the base of a home causing significant damage.
In winter, ice dams occur even when your gutters are clean, but clogged gutters increase the risk. Aclogged gutter and melting snow can leave the gutter sagging or break it altogether. The melting and refreezing process eventually allows water to make its way underneath shingles and into your home causing interior damage in addition to exterior damage.
Damage to Walls, Window Frames and Doors
Water from a clogged gutter can spill onto walls, window frames, doors and whatever surface is below making them rot. These features of your home are not designed to have so much water contact.
Slip and Fall Accidents
Spilling water from a clogged gutter makes walkways, entryways or driveways slippery leading to slip and fall accidents.
Contact Gary’s Gutter Service Inc.
Don’t risk climbing up a ladder and potentially injuring yourself. Let us take care of all the dirty work. If your gutter is clogged and needs a good cleaning, give our experts a call at Gary’s Gutter Service Inc.