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A Word about Clogged Gutters & the Damage They Cause

15 February 2018

Conservative statistics estimate that 100,000 emergency room visits each year are the direct result of falling off a ladder.  Many times these injuries are directly associated with someone taking a fall because they lost their balance climbing a ladder to clean their gutters.  It’s an extremely dangerous chore that needs safety training and equipment.  However, this chore can be eliminated entirely with the installation of LeafGuard® Gutters, which we guarantee never to clog or we clean them for free.  Here are a few other ways that clogged gutters can spell trouble in your home:

Foundation Issues: Your gutters work hard to take in rainwater from your roof and filter it a safe distance away from your foundation.  Gutters that are clogged prevent water from freely flowing through the system.  Instead, clogs cause water to overflow, making it come in direct contact with your foundation.  If this issue persists, foundation cracking and eventual collapse can occur.  The risk for mold in your home also heightens.

Rotten Fascia Boards: Most gutter manufacturers have determined that attaching gutters to a home’s fascia board works better than attachment to the shingles which often voids a roof’s warranty.  Therefore, clogged gutters that cause water to overflow and come in direct contact with a home’s wooden fascia board will cause them to rot.  This rot will cause the gutters to pull away from the house, spilling water near your foundation and landscaping.

A Breeding Ground for Mosquitoes: Gutters clogged with dirty rainwater and organic debris provide the perfect place for mosquitoes to populate.

Ice Dams: Clogged gutters in the winter spell real trouble because they lead to build-up up on your roof, causing an ice dam.  If left long enough, the water will trickle into your attic, getting your insulation wet, causing thousands of dollars in damage.