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During a rainstorm, your gutter system is designed to route runoff water from the roof to where it can drain away from the house. By doing so they protect siding, windows, doors, and foundations from water damage and help protect flooding in basements. If the gutters are clogged and can’t channel the runoff water properly the gutters will fill up and overflow. The water will then spill over the front of the gutter but it will also spill over the back of the gutter where the water can penetrate the house. This can cause some serious damage. Driveways and walkways will sink and rise, interior and exterior walls and floors can warp, bow or become wet, molded or stained. Entire homes have been destroyed due to water damage, which could have been easily and affordably prevented with regular maintenance of their gutter system. Gutters are not glamorous but are essential for routing roof runoff water from your home.
You've probably seen a few homes with small trees and ferns growing in gutters because the homeowner hasn't cleaned the gutters in the last several years. Over the course of time, an organic muck builds up and creates a wonderful medium for growing all kinds of stuff.
Cleaning your gutters is one of those icky chores that needs to be done twice every year to ensure that rain water is diverted away from your house. Ignoring gutters can result in a host of ills including rotted fascia boards, water damage to the sides of your home, and foundation problems.
To cut down a bit on the amount of debris that gets trapped in your gutters, make sure that trees and tall shrubs are not touching or arching over the house. You'll have less to clean up, and in damper climates, can cut down on moss on the roof, too.
Expensive Home Problems
If you haven't seen the inside of your gutters in the last five years, you could be doing serious damage to your home. In fact, a plethora of problems are caused by clogged gutters, which can eventually lower the value of your property or result in extremely expensive repairs. If you've noticed any of the following ten problems at your house, it might be a good idea to clean, repair or replace your clogged gutters.
1. Cracks in the Foundation
If you've ever had to repair a damaged foundation, then you know that this can be a costly home improvement project. Clogged gutters only add to the problem by helping water to pool around the foundation, which leads to weakened materials and potential penetration points.
2. Rotting Wood
Any wood fascia that exists around your house can start rotting due to clogged gutters. When the water starts to build up and stands stagnant for several days (or even just hours), the wood will start to break down and decompose, causing serious problems. Replacing all of the wood fascia around your home could cost thousands of dollars.
3. Leaky Roofs
When the ceiling of your living room starts to look pregnant, you know you have a problem. Clogged gutters can result in frozen water in the winter that stands for several days, blocking the flow of unfrozen water from the roof. This will eventually weaken the shingles and wood on the roof, causing leaks into your attic and home.
4. Sagging Driveways
Just as large roots can lift the concrete blocks of your driveway into the air, clogged gutters can result in pooling water that breaks down the concrete from the top. This might cause sagging driveways or even large cracks down the center, which doesn't look nice and can cause problems for your cars.
5. Ruined Landscaping
Remember all that money you spend on your beautiful landscaping? All of that can be destroyed in a few weeks by clogged gutters. The water exits the gutters with sufficient force to dig holes in your flower beds and gardens, resulting in over-watered plants and unsightly dips in the topography of your yard.
Because most insects thrive on moisture and humidity, you should avoid clogged gutters, which can cause a pleasant home for insects around your foundation. This is especially true if your home is constructed of wood rather than brick, which is also attractive to bugs of all kinds.