How Clogged Gutters Affect Your Home

Man cleaning the gutter full of leaves

Clogged gutters and downspouts are more detrimental to your property’s structural integrity that you think. Considering that nothing is safe from water runoff, cleaning them is necessary to reduce your home-repair costs in the long run. For starters, here are the usual casualties of gutter clogging:

Cracked Foundations

Experienced house foundation contractors would tell you that gutters and downspouts exist to guide water from the roof safely to the ground. They’re designed to drain rain and snowmelt away from the foundations to prevent them from moisture damage. When there’s debris buildup, the water can flow over the sides of gutters, allowing them to pool dangerously near your home. When left unchecked, your foundations would crack sooner than later, causing your home to collapse.

Flooded Shrubs

The force of overflowing water falling directly to the ground can ruin your landscaping. It can land on flowerbeds, which can potentially uproot shrubs. Water sustains plant life, but too much of it can drown hapless small trees, especially when there’s bad soil drainage.

Rotten Wood Panels

Wood is generally not immune to moisture. Paint protects it, but realize that this is only a sacrificial layer. Unlike other materials finished with a substance that penetrates beyond the surface, paint on wood peels over time. When ruined, the damaged finish leaves the substrate vulnerable to the effects of water. Cedar siding panels, fascia boards, soffits, and rafter tails are some of the most susceptible home-exterior elements.

Ice Dams

In cold climates, ice damming is more likely to occur when the gutters and downspouts are clogged. Although this phenomenon can happen even when the gutter system is clean, ice forms more easily when there’s trapped moisture.

Gutter maintenance is taxing but not necessarily a thankless job. Your home would love you for clearing debris regularly as well as trimming towering trees overreaching your roof.