Gutters and downspouts do a lot of work but often go unnoticed and taken for granted. Like most things around the house, you need to maintain them. Your gutters aren’t just a feature on your house that you can ignore for long. They may be simple but your gutter system plays an important role in keeping you and your family dry. Keeping your gutters free and clear of debris will help prevent damage to your home and save you thousands of dollars in repairs. Here are some of the problems you could face if your gutters become clogged for too long.
Your fascia boards are the boards that run along the edge of your roof and cover the space where the roof and the outer wall meet. They also carry the full weight of the gutter system. When water and debris get stuck in the gutter it can get heavy and rip away from the fascia causing damage.
Damage isn’t the only thing you need to worry about when your gutters become clogged. The water that sits in gutters can be a magnet for insects like mosquitoes. We all know that mosquitoes need standing water to lay their eggs. If you ever wondered why there were so many mosquitoes in your yard, you might want to check your gutters. The leaves and organic matter that creates the clogs are attractive to rodents like squirrels and mice. Once they are on your roof, these rodents can sneak their way into your home through attic vents or damaged areas.
Erosion and Flooding of Flower Beds
When it rains, a properly functioning gutter system will divert the water that runs off of your roof and expel it away from your foundation. When gutters are clogged they will overflow. This waterfall effect has a lot of force and whatever sits below is going to be washed out. This includes flower beds and any other loose soil or mulch.
Water Damage and Leaks
Shingles are meant to carry water one way and that’s down. A clogged gutter can push water back up under shingles, causing damage to the plywood underneath. Over time, the plywood will rot and more water will eventually begin to leak into your attic. And from there it is only a thin layer of insulation that protects your drywall from incoming water. Water damage in your attic and walls can go unnoticed for years and black mold could be growing without your knowing. By the time you do notice that small wet spot on the ceiling the damage may have already been done.
The most important thing that your gutters protect is your home’s foundation. When rainwater pools around the sides of your home, the soil becomes so saturated that it isn’t able to provide as much support to your home. This causes your home to settle over time, leading to uneven floors and cracks in walls and the foundation. Foundation cracks can also lead to basement flooding. So do yourself a favor and check on your gutters once in a while. Your home will thank you.
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