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A Word about Clogged Gutters & the Damage They Cause

15 February 2018

 4 Problems Caused by Damage From Clogged Gutters

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 clogged gutters.  It’s one of the many dangers of clogged gutters and an extremely hazardous 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’ll offer you a complimentary cleaning.  Here are a few other ways that damage from clogged gutters can spell trouble in your home:

Do Gutters Cause Home Foundation Issues? 

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

Rotten Fascia Boards Are a Result of Damage from Clogged Gutters 

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.  However, one of the most common reasons why fascia boards rot is the result of clogged gutter damage. This is because blocked gutters can cause water to overflow and come in direct contact with a home’s wooden fascia board causing them to rot.  The damage from clogged gutters doesn’t stop there, this rot will cause the gutters to pull away from the house, spilling water near your foundation and landscaping.

Blocked Gutters Are a Hotspot & Breeding Ground for Mosquitoes

Gutters clogged with dirty rainwater and organic debris provide the perfect breeding ground environment for mosquitoes to populate.

Ice Dams 

The dangers of clogged gutters in the winter spell real trouble because they lead to build-up up on your roof, causing ice dams to form.  If left long enough, the water will leak into your attic, getting your insulation wet, causing thousands of dollars in damage.