Did you clean your gutters last fall? Dallas, Tyler and the rest of East Texas were saturated in rich fall color for weeks before the leaves blew into yards and business parking lots. Yard debris fell in your gutters and if you didn’t remove it, it’s probably still there. Neglecting this critical aspect of home maintenance can cause a number of problems.
Clogged Gutters Can Harm Your Roof
When organic material falls in your gutters, it creates an inviting nest for insects and birds. Acorns and other tasty treats hidden in the leaves lure squirrels and other rodents.
When it rains, your gutters are supposed to transport water that drains off your roof away from your foundation. Clogged gutters become heavy with rain-saturated debris. In the winter, this water freezes and swells.
Ice can cause your gutters to expand and contract. It also pushes frozen water and debris underneath the shingles along your roofline. As the ice melts, it can run into your home.
Clogged gutters are heavy. The weight and continual dampness puts stress on fascia boards and soffits. Water causes them to deteriorate and the weight may cause your gutters to rip them loose from your home, leaving walls and attic spaces exposed to the elements.
Clogged Gutters Threaten Safety
When gutters can’t carry water to a safe place, it just runs off the roof and overflows wherever it can. Wet steps, icy driveways and frozen sidewalks are a safety hazard.
Clogged Gutters Cause Structural Problems
Whether your home is pier and beam or built on a slab, underneath is dirt. When water falls near the base of your home, it causes erosion. As soil moves away from your foundation or supports, water finds a place to pool. If it freezes, it can cause cracks.
Ongoing erosion causes settling. Your home might start to show cracks in the sheetrock, uneven floors or doors that won’t close. Foundation repair is expensive and can damage your home’s resale value.
Clogged gutters cause water to back up around windows and doors. Water falling in flowerbeds damages landscaping. When baby trees start to grow in the spring, their roots damage and discolor siding.
Clean out gutters at least once a year. They may need cleaning both in the fall and spring if your home is surrounded by a lot of trees. Read a tutorial on four ways to complete the job here.
If your home doesn’t have gutters, it’s susceptible to foundation damage and interior flooding, since runoff isn’t redirected to a safe location. Advantage Roofing Company installs seamless gutters that improve the look of your home’s exterior, have no joints that can leak and require less maintenance than regular gutter systems. Protect your home from potential water damage when you contact Advantage Roofing for a free roof analysis.