When your gutters are clogged and can no longer drain water away from your home, the water will spill over, causing a number of issues including erosion, foundation damage, flooding, and mold. The remedy is simple but the cost of neglect is so much greater that it doesn’t make economic sense to not check your gutters.
Still feeling too lazy to spend five minutes looking at your gutters. Maybe this list of problems caused by clogged gutters will change your mind.
Damage Caused By Clogged Gutters
Clogged gutters and a little bit of rain overflowing from your gutters might not seem like a big issue but the damage it causes can be lasting and expensive.
- Soil erosion below the gutter.
- Rotting boards
- Birds gathering at a particular spot to drink.
- Gutters pulling away from the house.
You won’t understand how dependent you are on gutters until yours get clogged. When water overflows the gutters, it can flood your yard and flower beds or erode your bushes in a matter of minutes. Water should never rest up against your foundation. Especially in the fall and winter where freezing and thawing can cause cracks to form in your foundation. After that, water can leak into your home and flood your basement.
A Home For Pests
Pests such as wasps, mice, squirrels, and mosquitoes just love clogged gutters. From there, it’s easy for these pests to find a way into your home and cause even more damage.
Slow leaks are the worst kinds of leaks in a home. They easily go unnoticed for years and by the time you notice it, the damage has already been done. This is what can happen when your gutters are clogged. Water gets backed up and can get pushed under your shingles where it can leak into your roof and walls. Moist and water damaged wood is a favorite of pests like termites and carpenter ants who can cause even more damage to your home.
Foundation problems are the worst. A gutter that is not draining properly can cause expensive foundation damage that can go unnoticed for a long time. Most people don’t even realize that neglecting to clean out your gutters can result in foundation damage. That is why you should always inspect before you buy.
How Do I Know If My Gutters Are Clogged
It’s hard to tell if your gutter is clogged when you are standing on the ground. But when it rains there will be several signs that your gutters are not working properly.
- Little to no water coming out of the downspout.
- Water pooling around your foundation.
- Leaks in your basement.
- Water spilling over the edges of your gutter.
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