Clogged gutters can cause problems no homeowner wants to face. Being aware of them and not delaying their cleaning can save you from a lot of problems. However, many homeowners would rather ignore the task because it’s tedious and risky. While that may be true, you might reconsider your commitment to the upkeep of your gutters and downspouts if you realize what clogging may lead to:
- Damaged WoodAny obstructions in your gutter system can cause the water to seep into other areas of your home. The experts at Pritchett Bros know that wood is one of the most susceptible materials to moisture, and it’s the most popular in home-building. Frequent or constant water intrusion accelerates paint peeling on wood, leaving it even more vulnerable to moisture. Once completely defenseless to the elements, wood rots and loses its strength.Gutter clogging is notorious for damaging your roofing and siding systems, among others. It may be too late to save your home’s structural integrity if the wood is badly damaged, forcing you to spend more on replacement.
- Weakened FoundationThe purpose of your roof’s drainage system (your gutters and downspouts) is to channel the rain away from your foundation. Major clogs can change the water’s movement and cause overflows. The water can spill over the sides of your gutters and pool around the foundation. It’s only a matter of time before your foundation begins to develop cracks. There are serious risks when a foundation is compromised, including a possible collapse.
- Ruined LandscapingApart from your foundation, the greenery that surrounds the base of your home can be damaged by water runoff. Part of maintaining your landscaping means clearing the debris from your gutters.
- Ice DammingTechnically, ice dams can form even if your gutter system is free from clogs. But, the chances of ice damming are greater when your roof can’t drain water properly. Every single drop of rain and snowmelt trapped in your clogged gutters can turn into ice come winter. Ask a professional like Pritchett Bros about ice damming, especially if your gutters are clear, as there may be other underlying issues, such as poor attic ventilation or a gutter with the wrong pitch.
Knowing the dangers of gutter clogging is one thing, but actually doing something about it is another. If you’re in the market for sound home improvement solutions, look no further than Pritchett Bros. We specialize in interior and exterior home projects, making us your one-stop shop for all of your needs. You can rely on us to keep your gutter system in good condition. Call us at (812) 275-3185 today to schedule your FREE, in-home consultation in Bloomington, IN.