Learn how a clogged gutter can damage the foundation of your home.
It’s no secret that clogged gutters can cause serious damage to the roof of your home. But did you know that a clog in your home gutter system can also lead to deterioration around the foundation of your home? That’s right if you neglect a clog in your gutter you are putting the foundation of your home at risk.
A clogged gutter can cause water to pool around the downspout and if this happens erosion is possible. Erosion weakens your home as it slowly removes layers until it cracks and then starts to leak. Over time erosion can cause so much damage that your home may be unsafe to live in.
It’s typical for most homeowners to look up when thinking about their gutters but it is important to consider the foundation as well since this is where major damage can occur.
Unlike shingles that can be replaced, you only have one foundation for your home. Once the foundation is exposed to erosion it slowly begins to crack and if the cracks are severe enough it can lead to a cave-in. Even minor cracks will cause leaks, mold and flooding that can end up costing you a lot in repairs and replacements. Flooding in particular is a major concern since many homeowners don’t have flood insurance meaning you are on the hook for any charges involving cleanup and repairs.
Another hazard with water damage to your home’s foundation is mold. When there is enough water mold can start to form within walls, on carpets and on flooring. Mold can make people and pets sick and exposure can also cause difficulty breathing and allergic reactions. Also, removing mold is an expensive process and one your homeowner’s insurance probably doesn’t cover.
Don’t let a clogged gutter ruin the foundation of your home. Contact us today to schedule a gutter inspection and cleaning that will ensure your home and foundation are safe.