Cleaning the gutters is one of the most important home maintenance tasks, but it is one that is often overlooked or delayed. Not cleaning your gutters can allow them to become clogged with wet leaves, twigs, and other debris. This can cause water to become backed up and not drain properly. It can flow over the sides of the gutters and cause significant damage to your house. Here are several reasons why you should get your clogged gutters cleaned as soon as possible.
Debris clogging gutters can weigh them down. Debris that has absorbed water can be extremely heavy and can put stress on the gutters and hanging brackets. This can cause the gutters to fall off the house and can cause damage to lights, windows, and siding when they fall. This damage can be expensive to repair.
Gutters are designed to transfer water from the roof to the downspouts and direct it away from a house and its foundation. Excess water that accumulates in clogged gutters can cause major structural damage to your home. If the gutters are clogged, the water will find the path of least resistance, which means it could drain into the walls and ceilings inside your house.
Water that overflows from gutters can damage paint and siding, which can detract from the appearance of your home. If water gets inside the walls, the wood can rot. You might not even know there is a problem until the damage is serious.
Clogged gutters can lead to ice dams in the winter. Water that gets backed up in gutters can freeze, work its way under the shingles, destroy wood, and cause leaks.
Gutters that are clogged can even lead to flooding in a basement and a cracked foundation. Water that does not drain away from the house can pool around the foundation, expand when it freezes, and cause cracks in the foundation and flooding in the basement.
If your gutters are clogged, you should get them cleaned as soon as possible. Clogged gutters can cause serious and expensive problems, but they are easy to avoid with routine cleaning. Contact Connecticut Gutter & Exteriors today to schedule a gutter cleaning appointment.