While there are many benefits to owning a house, maintaining gutters isn’t on many people’s top priorities. Your gutters are an important design element that serves an important function, no matter how small they may appear relative to your entire house.
maintenance, regardless of the type of gutters you have, is vital. Every homeowner should make sure their gutters work properly. Today, Old Time Roofing is going to share the four main problems that can result from clogged gutters, and how to fix them.
Clogged Gutters – Avoid these 4 Dangers
Clogged gutters can cause severe damage to your home and property.
- Roof damage: Water can build up in gutters and cause damage to your roof covering. The result is that the wood and other surface materials begin to rot. The surface and wood below will eventually need to be replaced.
Your roof will not function properly if your gutters don’t work correctly. Clogged gutters can cause:
- Roofs that are damaged
- rotting roof deck
- wet insulation
- Water in your home
- Walls and ceilings damaged
- Basement flooding and structural damage are possible. Clogged gutters could cause water to pool around your foundations and overflow. This excess water can easily seep into your basement, or the lower floors and flood your home if it is not addressed. It can cause structural damage to your house if your foundation is damaged.
- Fascia damage: The fascia boards protect the gutter system. These boards are usually made from wood. If the gutters become blocked or overflowing, this can lead to wood rot and deterioration.
- Pest Infestation: Clogged gutters provide the ideal environment for insects and mosquitoes to thrive. Clogged gutters can lead to rotted wood. This is a problem for termites and carpenter bugs, who love wet, wooden environments.
These are the dangers of having clogged gutters. Here are some tips to make sure your gutters do their job and protect your home.
Keep Your Gutters Clean
To effectively clean your gutters, you will need to climb up a ladder and use a gutter trowel. After removing all debris, you can flush your gutters with a hose and check the water flow.
Experts in Florida recommend that gutters be cleaned at least twice per year. You may need to clean your gutters more frequently if you live near trees.
This post was written by Ted Williams! Ted is the owner of A Old Time Roofing which is the premier Clearwater Roofing Companies Contractor! Ted is a Master Elite Weather Stopper GAF Roofing Contractor, a double award winner of Best Steep-Slope Contractor from GAF and achiever of Master Elite Consumer Protection Excellence from GAF. He has been serving the Pinellas County area since 1978. Old Time Roofing has a tradition of quality workmanship, servicing residential and commercial properties.