Now that fall has begun in New England, it’s time to be aware of the many hazards that your gutters face. Whether you own a home or handle maintenance for a commercial building, the beautiful fall season is loaded with potential hazards that can cause your gutters to clog. From dead leaves and broken twigs to pine needles and debris your gutter face a daily challenge from September to December and it’s important to know what to watch out for.
Leaves – Falling leaves are the main problem for gutters. If you don’t have a gutter guard system it’s very easy for dead leaves to collect in the gutter channel and downspout. When this happens, the leaves can pile up and cause a clog that will prevent water from draining properly. If the clog is bad enough it may lead to water spilling over the gutter lid, creeping up under the roof and causing sections to sag under the weight of the water.
Animals – As the weather cools, many small critters will be looking for warm places to rest and it’s common to find squirrels and birds using gutters as highways into your home. Birds can be a problem because some may choose to build a nest in a gutter and this will create a clog. Squirrels can damage gutters by leaping onto the system and scratching their way up which can cause a gutter to sag under the weight.
Debris – In addition to leaves you also have pine needles, random garbage and tree sap that can collect in a gutter system and lead to damage. These objects present the potential for clogs and if you are not up to date with your gutter cleaning this can mean plenty of problems when winter comes. While rain is your primary concern in fall, winter will turn to ice and snow and clogged gutters will prevent snow from melting properly.
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