Clogged gutters – it’s probably not a topic that you want to think about. The fact that you have to take the time to clean them out on a perfectly nice weekend makes it even worse. Once you realize the potential damage that clogged gutters create, you’ll definitely want to take care of the problem right away. Whether it’s an eroded flowerbed or a leaky basement, clogged gutters can wreak havoc inside and outside of your home.
The Problem With Clogged Gutters
Gutters hang from your house for a reason: to catch rainwater. Unfortunately, they also collect twigs, pine needles, trash and other debris. Without regular maintenance, this clutter piles up until it blocks the flow of water to the downspouts. As the water fills up the gutters, it has nowhere to go except over the sides.
When water spills over the gutters, it hits the ground with excessive force and causes puddling. In many cases, the water also runs down the siding to the ground below. This continuous stream against wood siding damages the surface over time, leading to early decay and rot. When left untreated, the wood rot eats through the exterior walls and affects the interior structure.
How Clogged Gutters Ruin Your Landscaping
Your bushes and flowerbeds get enough water; they don’t need excessive water from overflowing gutters. Rushing water from the gutters creates massive puddling around flowerbeds and erodes the soil, resulting in overwatered plants and ruined bedding. As the water sits, it stagnates and creates the ideal breeding ground for plant-eating insects.
How Clogged Gutters Affect Your Home
Remember the puddling around your plants? Well, if you have a basement, that same water will find its way through tiny cracks and saturate the walls until it floods the interior. You don’t want to experience a flooded basement as it can cost you hundreds or thousands of dollars in repairs. You’ll have to pay to repair the walls, remove the water and replace any items that were destroyed in the flood. It’s hard to imagine that clogged gutters can cause this amount of damage, but it happens to numerous households each year.
You Shouldn’t Have to Worry About Clogged Gutters
Want to prevent future flooding and wasting an entire weekend cleaning the gutters? Contact Starling Guttering for a free estimate. LeafGuard gutters have a specialized design to prevent clogs from leaves and other debris, and their seamless constructions means no leaks, sags or loose parts. With LeafGuard on your house, you can say goodbye to regular maintenance and enjoy clog-free gutters for the future.