Gutters can become clogged with debris, including leaves and twigs. They can even become places where vegetation grows. Homeowners have found plants and in some cases even trees growing in their gutters.
Plants can cause gutters to become so clogged that it is impossible for rainwater to flow to the downspouts. When that happens, the gutters can overflow, which can cause damage to the roof, siding, and foundation. Plants that grow in gutters can weigh them down and cause the gutters to fall off the house.
How Plants Can Grow in Gutters
Many houses are built near trees. In the spring, trees drop seeds. These seeds can fall or get blown into gutters or can be carried by birds. If gutters are also filled with decaying leaves and other debris, this can create compost. When seeds are added, the compost provides the nutrients the seeds need to germinate. This allows plants to grow in the gutters.
How to Keep Plants out of Your Gutters
You can prevent plants from growing in your gutters by cleaning them on a regular basis. You should have your gutters cleaned at least twice a year, preferably in the spring and fall, to remove leaves and other debris. This will help you avoid creating a breeding ground where seeds can take root and grow.
Many people put off cleaning their gutters because they think they are working fine. However, your gutters can be clogged and you might not be able to see it. You might not notice a problem until water cannot drain properly because of a clog or plants are growing out of the gutters. This can cause expensive damage to the gutters themselves, as well as your roof, siding, and foundation.
Schedule a Gutter Cleaning Appointment
If it has been more than six months since you had your gutters cleaned, you should have it done as soon as possible. This can eliminate any plants and other debris that are blocking your downspouts so water can flow freely away from your house.
Cleaning gutters is a labor-intensive job that can be dangerous because it involves working on a ladder. If you would rather not clean your gutters yourself, call Connecticut Gutter & Exteriors. We will clean your gutters to remove anything clogging them so water can flow away from your house. This can help you avoid damage to your home and give you peace of mind. Contact us today to schedule a gutter cleaning appointment.