Allowing the gutters on your house to remain clogged can present many problems and hazards to your house.
You may not consider clogged gutters as too much of a risk to your house. However, the amount of damage that clogged gutters can cause may surprise you. Gutters can become clogged with twigs and other debris. This debris can cause various problems to the structure of your house. It is essential for homeowners to become aware of the importance of the gutters to the exterior structure of the house.
The Various Hazards of Clogged Gutters
Leaves normally accumulate in the gutter in the autumn, however, they can cause the gutter to become clogged. Whenever it rains, or snow and ice start to melt, the water cannot flow through the gutter properly. Instead, water flows back onto the roof and the side of the house, causing water to seep into the ceiling, walls, basement, and foundation of the house. These leaks can result in costly repairs to the homeowner. Clogged gutters are also dangerous since any accumulated debris becomes a fire hazard, especially in hot dry weather.
Older houses with clogged gutters may have cracks in the walls while the basement may have a musty odor. In fact, the whole house may have that musty odor. The ceiling of the house may have stains due to water leakage. The black stains on the ceiling and attic may be mold. Mold and mildew can cause illnesses if they are not removed. Although some molds may not be health hazards, there are certain types of molds that can cause serious health problems.
How to Protect Your Gutters From Being Clogged
Although a number of homeowners may clean their gutters every year, the problem is not truly solved unless gutter guards are installed to protect them. The gutters should be checked regularly to ensure they remain firmly attached to the fascia. Regular maintenance also prevents damage to the exterior walls and roof. Gutter guards also prevent any obstructions when rain, snow, and ice pass through them.
Never ignore the upkeep of your gutters. Gutters guards and regular cleaning and maintenance can help keep them in good shape. Call Scott-Lee Guttering Company at (314) 756-9440 today to book an appointment. We have several gutter guard products for you to choose from.