Clogged gutters can prevent your roof water from draining. Once the water starts to accumulate in your gutter, it soon becomes a breeding spot for all kinds of pests and plants – both of which pose risks to your home structure and wellbeing.
That is why it is important to hire a professional to deal with a clogged gutter on time. If you wait too long, you could be up against any of these 5 serious issues:
- Drainage and Leakage Issues
The first problem arising from a clogged gutter is drainage. It starts slowing down at first and soon stops flowing at all. After this, the water that doesn’t get drained will start leaking or overflowing from the gutters.
Left as it is, the leaking water seeps into the doors, windows, and patio of your house. If you’ve got a beautiful flower bed around the house, then it might be at serious risk.
- Insect Infestations
Insect infestations aren’t easy to miss. The clogged water starts to collect debris, which starts to rot. This rot attracts insects, but by this time you’re probably aware of the source of the smell!
- Broken or Corroding Gutters
Clogged gutters start accumulating dirt that soon becomes too much for the pipes to hold. This results in your gutters breaking out of their frames. Often the gutters pull down a part of the structure they’re built along – causing potentially costly damage.
If the gutters do manage to stay in place, they may still corrode, spread rust stains and cause water damage to the rest of your building structure.
- Foundation Damage
The dirt that gets collected along a clogged gutter, if not cleaned on time, can start to rot. The rotting substances and water keep flowing over the outer walls and enter through any cracks they can find.
Overflowing or stagnant water can also damage the edges of the roof. A damaged roof is just another entryway for water to get into the foundation of your house. The water first damages the fascia boards and then continues to weaken the ceiling of your house.
- Wetness and Dampness
Where does water from your foundation accumulate, if not properly drained away? Inside the property!
If you haven’t waterproofed your nearby room, then there’s little you can do once the water starts flowing.
There are lots of ways in which a clogged gutter can cause damage to your house, but only one way to fix it. By making sure they are cleaned regularly. Twice a year is a good number to start. Regularly check your gutters for signs of clogging or damage. Overall, the clogged gutters can lead to expensive and time-consuming repairs. Avoid both of these issues by dealing with clogged gutters today!
Note: our professional repair serviceman could also perform an inspection of your gutters and repair leaking parts or fittings.