RRG gives you the 5 biggest problems caused by clogged and overflowing gutters. Cleaning your gutters and keeping them in their optimal condition are a few things that can do wonders to the drainage system of your home while preventing expensive issues in the long run. Gutters are, after all, the most crucial parts of any home. They divert all water away from your home safely and effectively. So, if you don’t pay attention to your gutters and clean them regularly, you’re making your home highly susceptible to water damage.
Let’s take a look at some of the issues you have to deal with if you have a malfunctioning gutter system.
1. Wall and Siding Damage
Your home’s siding is one of the most exposed parts of your home. So, it’s not surprising that it is often the first one that bears the brunt of nature. For instance, if your home has a wooden siding, you may need to replace it entirely in case of water damage. It also includes all the external structures of your home like your window frames.
Furthermore, clogged gutters can severely damage the structural support and roof edging. If left unattended, water can seep through the siding and cause stains on the interior walls and ceiling. In the worst case, your walls could also develop moisture-related issues like mold and moss growth that can be harmful to your and your loved ones’ health.
2. Foundation Problems
Water infiltration is hard to detect. It can easily reach the most intricate parts of your home and cause water damage that is not visible to the untrained eye. If you have an inefficient and poorly performing gutter system, it can cause excess water to overflow, enter the ground along the walls, and cause a pool of water around your home’s foundation. As a result, the foundation starts deteriorating gradually, compromising the structural integrity of your whole house.
3. Gutter Damage
Neglecting your gutters can lead to the buildup of debris that will fill them up over time. Obviously, this burden will only get heavier with time, further damaging your roofing system. Sometimes, due to this excess weight, the gutters will detach, crack or fall off entirely. Even if a single section of your gutters is collapsed, it will compromise your whole gutter system. In such circumstances, get your gutters replaced immediately.
4. Moisture Issues in Attic and Basement
If water is capable of penetrating your home’s foundation, it can reach your basement or attic as well. As these are the least visited areas of a home, sometimes homeowners take too long to discover water damage in these parts. This is a serious issue considering that mold or moss growth usually happens within 24 hours in excess moisture. And your basement or attic will become the breeding ground for mold growth in no time.
5. Damaged Landscape
When you keep your gutters clean and unclogged, you also prevent water damage to your home’s beautiful landscape and garden. Clogged gutters can cause water to overflow that can enter your garden and damage your plants.
Cleaning your gutters regularly or getting them cleaned professionally every six months or so can prevent serious water damage to your home, including its foundation. To learn more about maintaining your gutters or know about our gutter cleaning and roofing services, contact RRG at 678-325-6949 to schedule a FREE consultation today in Dahlonega, GA or Murphy, NC.