Gutters may not really be a homeowner’s biggest problem, but they should not be neglected at any cost as it can lead to severe structural damage.
Periodic maintenance and cleaning is essential to ensure that they are able to do their job of directing rain water or melted ice away from the walls and adjoining structures. If you allow the debris to keep accumulating in and around the gutters, you can expect some serious problems such as pest infestation, rusting, breakage, mold growth, cracks, and other problems. These gutter problems in turn lead to several other problems such as damage to both the interiors and exteriors of the home including the fascia, soffit, walls, and even the roof and foundation.
How Do Gutters Clog?
Gutters tend to get clogged over time. Debris such as leaves, pines, papers, and twigs make their way onto the roof or gutters, and when it rains, this debris enters the gutters. While most of it gets drained out with rain water, some of it tends to stick. As more and more debris keeps accumulating in the gutter, it becomes blocked. Rotten organic debris can turn your gutter into a breeding ground for pests such as rodents, insects, and mold. Sometimes, it so happens that a large object such as a toy may block the entry way to the downspout hindering the flow of water. It can also happen that the gutters back up because they are installed at a wrong angle or have become loose.
Why Do Clogged Gutters Cause Roof Leaks?
Gutters protect the siding, fascia, roof, and foundation from rain damage by channeling and directing the water away from the structures. Backed up gutters causes water to accumulate around the edge of the roof, or in winters, the iced water can accumulate and hinder the flow of melted ice. This eventually weakens the shingles and wood on the roof, resulting in leakages in your attic and home.
How Can I Prevent Gutter Clogging?
It is not difficult to prevent clogging of gutters. Periodic cleaning and maintenance of gutters is all that you need to keep the gutters working efficiently. Homeowners should have their gutters cleaned at least once a year. If there is a lot of foliage around the house, you should clean the gutters twice a year.
Clogged gutters can be a homeowner’s nightmare especially if they are detected only during the rainy season. It is important to take preventive measures to ensure that the gutters are working at their peak capacity during rainy season. Many homeowners choose to clean the gutters on their own, but this is not only cumbersome and ineffective, but can also be dangerous. Why risk your bones trying to do something that a professional company can do very well for you? Call Scott-Lee Guttering Company at (314) 756-9440.
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