The Dangers of Clogged and Overflowing Gutters
July 12, 2018
Gutters may be a relatively small part of the roofing system, but their purpose is an extremely important one, and taking the time to keep them from getting clogged can actually prevent major damage to your home. We give you a closer look at what happens when gutters get clogged.
Clogged and Overflowing Gutters
The primary purpose for gutters is to route rainwater away from the house foundations and other areas where pooling water may cause damage. Foundations are basically concrete pillars set into the clay layer in the ground. When water pools around these areas, the water gets absorbed by the clay layer, making it less dense, which, over time, can lead to house settling. It also gets absorbed by the foundation pillars and can cause the concrete to become brittle to the point where it can’t support its share of the weight, which leads to collapse. Water intrusion can also occur in the basement if it’s not properly sealed.
Water from overflowing gutters can also cause unsightly stains on the siding, patio and other parts of your home’s exterior. Standing water in the gutters can be especially problematic in the winter as the ice can significantly increase gutter weight and put a strain on the hangers, and it can contribute to the formation of ice dams that lead to roofing damage. While we do provide emergency roof repair services, wouldn’t you rather spend your winters warm and cozy indoors instead of dealing with such problems?
Cleaning, Maintenance and Replacement
Fortunately, preventing such disasters is fairly simple, starting with making sure your gutters are clean. If you have not cleaned your gutters in a while, we recommend having them professionally cleaned and inspected for leaks and seams that need new sealant. A regular maintenance routine, conducted twice a year and once after every storm, ensures free-flowing gutters all year round.
If your gutters are up for replacement, consider seamless gutters. These gutters are made from a single piece of metal and shaped at the premises during installation. The lack of seams reduces the chances of leaks or rust, minimizing the need for gutter maintenance. Seamless gutters also add a clean look that can improve your home’s curb appeal.