People generally think that fall is the season that is most likely to cause problems with gutters because trees lose their leaves and they cause gutters to become clogged. It is true that gutters often get backed up with debris in the fall, but they can also become clogged in the summer, even in hot and dry weather.
How Hot and Dry Weather Can Lead to Clogged Gutters
Trees “exhale” moisture through their leaves in a process known as transpiration. Trees lose more moisture in hot weather. This is not a problem if it rains on a regular basis, but if there is not enough rain the trees can become stressed.
During hot, dry weather, trees will try to absorb more moisture from the soil to make up for the moisture lost through their leaves. If the soil is dry because of lack of rainfall, the trees will not be able to absorb enough moisture. This can weaken the trees and cause them to lose leaves or needles during the summer.
Leaves and needles that fall from trees can land in gutters and cause them to become clogged. If it rains, the water can get backed up and overflow, causing damage to the siding and foundation. Since the ground is dry, it will not absorb moisture the same way it normally would, which can cause landscaping to get washed away.
Clogged Gutters Are a Fire Hazard
Clogged gutters can also be hazardous if a wildfire breaks out. All it takes is one windblown ember to ignite leaves and pine needles in gutters and set an entire house ablaze. In areas that are prone to wildfires, fire departments sometimes warn homeowners that they will be fined if they do not clean their gutters to reduce the fire risk.
How to Prevent Gutter Problems in the Summer
You can prevent these problems by having your gutters cleaned. Connecticut Gutter & Exteriors can remove the leaves, pine needles, and other debris clogging your gutters so water can flow freely to the downspouts and you can avoid damage to your home and landscaping. This can also reduce the risk of your home catching fire. We can install gutter guards to keep debris out of your gutters so less cleaning will be required in the future. Contact us today to get an estimate.