Clogged gutter problems cause damage to the roof. Clogged gutters can cause cracks and changes in sidewalks and driveways. When gutters become clogged, water will not be able to properly divert from your home. Instead, water will spill down the side of the gutters, causing a number of different problems, such as foundation damage, structural problems, mold, and basement flooding.
These problems can be costly and cost homeowners thousands of dollars in damages. When gutters are clogged and temperatures drop below freezing, ice causes problems in a number of ways. Clogged gutters become heavy and can leave your home. If water has flowed down the gutters to the terrace, driveway or sidewalks, it can freeze and cause a risk of slipping.
Clogged gutters will cause water to accumulate and settle on the roof. That water will seep into your home and damage your shingles, roof, and more. It can also cause the gutter system to deform and become heavy before it detaches from your home structure and takes part of the roof with it. Clogged gutters can cause excess water to overflow and build up around the foundation of your home.
If left unchecked, this excess water can cause cracking of the base. When the foundations of your home are damaged, they can cause structural damage to your home. Leaving aside the impact of clogged gutters in your roof, other damage to your home could include the walls, as the gutters separate from the structure and, as we will see below, its foundations. One of the best ways to prevent a basement from flooding is with an effective gutter system that includes aluminum gutter covers.
That's because cleaning gutters can help prevent anything from honeycombs to a bad foundation. If the gutters and downspouts are not equipped to perform their work efficiently, then the water that spreads along the edge of the gutter will fall on the walls, window frames, doors and other surfaces below. If you notice water spilling down the sides of your gutters like a waterfall, it's a telltale sign that you've clogged the rain gutters. These are just some of the gutter clogging problems you can avoid if the gutters are properly maintained.
Adding gutter covers to your gutter system can extend the time needed between cleanings, but it won't save you from a basement flood. LeafFilter Gutter Protection installs right on top of existing gutters, preventing debris, leaves, tile sand, pine needles, everything but water, from entering and clogging gutters. Your gutter system should be cleaned every season to ensure that your home is properly protected against costly water-related damage. Wait for a particularly dry and sunny day to arrive, carefully remove debris from the gutters, and then flush the gutter system with water.
Clean gutters and downspouts keep water out of your house and walkways and help make your home as “non-slip” as possible. If you have an entrance, you risk damage or destruction in the same way if you don't regularly clean the gutters to avoid blockages.