Clogged gutters can be a nuisance, especially if your Colorado home is situated near trees and other greenery. Leaves and pine needs can fall into your gutter, clogging up the system and requiring maintenance. If your gutters weren’t positioned optimally during installation, you also may find yourself with clogged gutters more often than most.
But, do clogged gutters really affect your home? Many homeowners may have this question as they weigh the inconvenience of having gutters unclogged, time and time again. Here, we’ll cover how clogged gutters can impact your home, from the walls to the foundation.
Overflowing Gutters Cause Water Damage.
When your gutters are clogged, they may overflow with water during a rainstorm. When the water has nowhere else to go, it will flow down your exterior walls. Siding isn’t designed to withstand a constant flow of water, and gutter overflow could get behind your home’s siding, eventually seeping into your walls.
When water from your clogged gutters gets into the walls of your home, it can damage wooden framing, sheathing, and wallboard. Over time, the added moisture inside of the walls provides an environment for mold to grow, requiring much more extensive repairs in the long run.
Water damage from clogged gutters can impact many aspects of your home, causing issues including:
Overflowing gutters during a rainstorm may also cause basement flooding. This occurs when the water overflow due to a clogged gutter causes ground trenching, causing water to eventually seep into your home’s basement. When your basement floods, you may have major repair and replacement costs on your hands. But, by quickly addressing clogged gutters, you can lower your risk for flood damage expenses.
Damage to the Foundation
When your gutters clog and overflow with water, your home’s foundation is also at risk. The overflowing water can build up around the foundation. Standing water isn’t good for your home’s foundation, and it can start to crack, pore, and develop mold as a result. If this continues unaddressed for an extended period of time, your foundation may shift, settle, or collapse entirely.
In this scenario, your foundation is at an even greater risk for damage if temperatures drop. Freezing temperatures in combination with the water penetration place great strain on the concrete, ultimately leading to decay.
Damage to the Roof Fascia
The fascia that secures your gutter system in place is generally constructed of wood. Wood is highly susceptible to water damage.
If your gutters overflow due to clogging, your home’s fascia becomes exposed to water. Over time, water exposure can lead to rotting and decay. In this case, your fascia will likely need to be replaced altogether. Rotting fascia can cause your gutter system to detach from your home, which typically causes gutter leakage.
Note that if your home has wooden siding, a clogged gutter will also expose your siding to water damage. As aforementioned, if water seeps into your home’s siding, it can eventually reach your interior walls. Water damage to your home’s walls can require extensive repairs.
Damage to Landscaping
Many Denver homeowners have trees, shrubs, and flower beds around the perimeter of their homes. When gutters clog and overflow, the excess water can dump onto nearby landscaping. Especially for flowers and delicate shrubbery, water overflow from the gutter can cause serious damage.
Dealing With Clogged Gutters
Clogged gutters can be a pain. But, this common issue is also completely avoidable – and manageable – with proper gutter maintenance.
Gutter Protection Products
Gutter protection products can, alongside proper cleaning, prevent clogging. Many types of gutter protection products are available, with varying designs and price points. Regardless of design, however, all gutter protection systems function to keep debris like leaves, twigs, and pine needles out of your gutters, stopping clogs before they occur.
Call a Gutter Professional
While it’s possible to clean your gutters yourself, the safest, most effective option is to hire a gutter maintenance professional. Attempting to clean your gutters on your own could lead to unexpected complications and damage. It’s difficult to complete a thorough clean without the proper gear and professional expertise. Thankfully, cost-effective gutter cleaning services are available, and most gutter systems can be cleaned in as little as an hour.