Do you have a mysterious leak in your ceiling? A drip that came seemingly out of nowhere? The best place to start solving the problem is through the process of elimination. One of the most common culprits of ceiling leaks is clogged gutters.
How do clogged gutters cause roof leaks?
Your home has gutters to direct the flow of water from your roof to your downspouts, where it can harmlessly spill into your yard or underground drains. If the house gutters are clogged with leaves, helicopter seeds, pine needles, or even ice, that water can’t go where it’s supposed to go.
In heavy rains, water may build up because of clogged gutters. That water then pushes under your shingles, potentially damaging your roof and causing a leak. It could also overshoot and end up saturating another place you want to avoid- the foundation.
What happens if clogged gutters are left without cleaning?
Damage from clogged gutters can be extremely expensive if the problem is left unsolved for too long. It’s not just about exterior damage (although that’s dangerous). A roof leak that drips into your ceiling can harm your furniture, clothes, and other possessions.
Your home’s gutters and roof work together, so when one is in trouble, so is the other. Regular gutter maintenance will help your roof last much longer than it otherwise would! That’s why it’s vital to clean clogged gutters in order to stop leaks before they start, or at least get them taken care of right away if they happen.
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