Some homeowners like to cut costs where they can. If your budget is tight this year and you are thinking of what you live without let us tell you a little bit about your gutters. There are definitely areas where you can scale back on home improvement costs, such as a new patio or a rock waterfall for the pool, but neglecting your gutters puts your entire home at risk and if you decide not to clean your gutters this fall here are a few of the things you can expect.
If you decide not to have your gutters cleaned the first thing that will happen is clogging. Dead leaves, twigs and outdoor debris will surely gather in your gutter channels and downspouts and when this happens it prevents rain water and melting snow from draining properly. Clogs can be very dangerous because the backed-up water has nowhere to go and will start spilling over the gutter lid and eventually creeping up under the roofing. This will lead to leaks in your ceilings and also water damage to the siding of your home.
If the clogs persist into the winter then you are looking at more damage in the form of ice dams. Again, when the water is not draining properly it has nowhere to go and will pool in the gutter system. When the temperature drops you can expect this water to freeze creating a heavy block of ice in your gutter that will weigh down the system. This dam will prevent melting snow from draining and the water will leak causing damaged ceilings, walls, roof structure and insulation.
Passing on a thorough gutter cleaning and inspection is a very risky move. The money it will cost to repair a damaged roof pales in comparison to what you pay for gutter cleaning. Don’t make a mistake that could lead to a ruined roof. Contact Connecticut Gutter & Exteriors today and get started on a gutter cleaning that will protect your home this winter.