making decisions about roof replacements

making decisions about roof replacements

What Are The Dangers Of A Clogged Gutter?

by Lorraine Fisher

Your gutters are designed to shuttle water off the roof and away from your home. If they become clogged with leaves or other debris, then they obviously cannot do this job properly. But what dangers do clogged gutters really pose? Here's a look.

Foundation Decay

If you look at your gutter system, you'll notice than the downspouts are arranged to point draining water away from your home's foundation. This is because overexposure to water can cause your foundation to crack and decay prematurely. If your gutter becomes clogged and this causes water to trickle down the side of your home rather than properly down the downspout, then you may eventually end up dealing with foundation damage. Repairing a cracked foundation is not cheap -- so you're better off keeping your gutters clear from the get-go.

Roofing Damage

Your gutters are typically attached to wooden fascia boards, which are attached to your roof. If water builds up in the blocked gutter, it will soak the wooden fascia boards, and water will travel through these boards and into the wooden underlayment of the roof. This can cause leaks. It can also cause asphalt shingles to peel and decay, which will lead to even more issues with leaks in the future. Replacing water-damaged roof underlayment boards is a lot more complex than replacing a few shingles and may end up costing you a pretty penny.

Landscaping Damage

Chances are, the bushes or flowers beneath your gutter can only tolerate so much water. Most species will die if they are over-watered since this drowns out their roots. So a clogged gutter than constantly drips water down onto the landscape below may leave you with a dead, brown spot in your flower garden or a brown spot in your lawn.

Ice Formation

If the winter season comes along and your gutters are still clogged, you can bet that ice will freeze inside them. This can cause all sorts of issues. Since water expands when it freezes, the freezing process may bend your gutters and make them misshapen. The ice may also work its way under your roofing shingles, peeling them away from the roofing surface and leading to leaks. 

To keep your gutters clear, make sure you're removing debris from them every fall and spring. If your gutters are consistently clogging, consider having a gutter service, such as Complete Gutter Solutions, install gutter guards, which are screens that keep debris from entering the gutters in the first place.


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