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5 Reasons you Should Clean your Gutters

Updated: Jan 2, 2020

Wednesday, July 25th, 2018 by Sabrina Hunter

What problems can clogged gutters cause?

To prevent water damage to your home, the gutter system is designed to drain the stormwater from the roof into the gutters and downspouts. A good gutter system will control the amount of water and moisture entering the structure of the home. Here is a list of reasons why you should maintain your gutters:

1. Leaky Roof

Clogged gutters can cause a roof leak. Water can get backed up on to the roof when gutters are overflowing. Pools of water can form in the roof valleys and on top of the shingles. If this occurs in the winter, standing water can turn into ice dams. Eventually, the trapped rainwater will work it’s way through the roof rot, resulting in leaks.

2. Fascia Board

“What is a fascia board?” It is a board mounted around the perimeter of your home below the roof line. It is what holds the gutters in place. If your gutters are constantly overflowing then the water will spill out on to the board causing them to rot. Deteriorated boards can give pests direct access to your attic.

3. Foundation Damage

The most crucial water damage from clogged gutters and downspouts is the foundation. It is important to make sure damaging rainwater is properly diverted away from your house and foundation. If not, then the water collected near the walls will saturate the ground around your home. This can cause foundation damage to occur in and around your home. Water damage can cause the following events to occur:

Shifts in the foundation can stress the structures in your drywall.Concrete slabs can crack, causing leaks in the basement walls.Water leaks from clogged gutters can cause a flooded basement.

4. Bugs love water!

Mosquitoes love gutters with standing water. This helps them to breed and multiply around your home. Keep your gutters clean so that you can enjoy your yard without multiple bites every summer.

5. Interior Damage

Clogged gutters can cause interior damage. Water stains may appear on the ceiling inside your home. Painting over the stain will not solve the problem. Water damage can cause mold issues which can lead to serious damage.

Protect your home with Gutter Helmet

Next time it rains check your gutters to see if water is flowing freely away from the foundation of your home. If you notice a clog in one of your gutters then that is a sign it needs to be cleaned.

Clogged gutters can cause you thousands of dollars in water damage to your home. Gutter guards can save you time and money on cleaning your gutters. For over 35 years, America’s most popular gutter protection system for your home is Gutter Helmet®. Never clean your gutters again! CT Gutter Helmet is an authorized dealer for Gutter Helmet serving Connecticut, all year round. Give us a call today 1-203-721-6200 or contact us online and we can provide you with a complete solution for your home.

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