It’s Autumn, and leaves are falling off trees and onto your roof. If you’ve ever cleaned your gutters, you know that leaves and other debris easily get stuck in your gutters and clog them. This can lead to a decrease in gutter function, and many problems can ensue.
Cleaning your gutters is a pain in the neck, but whether it’s by unclogging them or by having Gutter Guards installed, it is necessary in maintaining your home. Here are a few examples of the damage that clogged gutters can do when they are not doing their job of routing water away from your home:
1. Damage to Wood
Clogging can cause water to pool in your gutters. Pooling will damage the gutters themselves but also cause damage to the wooden fascia boards that support them. Over time, the excess water that should have been drained away from your home can cause rot in the fascia boards. If you have wood siding, it may also sustain water damage.
2. Damage to Your Home’s Foundation
How can clogged gutters cause damage to your home’s foundation? The trapped water will eventually overflow and simply run down the sides of your home and down to the foundation. When the ground near the foundation is always damp, it exerts pressure on the sides of your house.
This pressure can cause the ground to push inward on the walls and they may move or crack. Cracks in the foundation make the problem even worse, letting water in and causing more damage.
3. Rot and Mold
Moisture in your walls and foundation can also lead to mold and rot. Mold is an insidious problem that can be hard to detect, and can severely affect the air quality in your home. Although children, older adults, and people with respiratory issues are most at risk for health problems caused by mold, there are some kinds of mold so toxic that anyone can be affected and not know it (e.g. black mold).
Gutters should be cleaned two to four times a year, depending on how many trees surround your home. If you don’t have time for that level of maintenance, Gutter Guards are a smart way to go. They protect your gutters from clogging and the damage that ensues, and also to extend the life of your gutters.
If you are interested in exploring our selection of Gutter Guards, please feel free to give us a call at 717-399-4708 or stop by our office to speak with one of our friendly and knowledgeable staff.