Let’s face it, cleaning out your gutter is not the most interesting project on your to-do list. While cleaning your gutters are usually one of the most put-off chores around your home, doing so for long could end up costing you a lot of money in repairs. That may sound ridiculous but gutters play a huge role in protecting your home from water. Cleaning out your gutters is one of the most important tasks of maintaining a home and surprisingly the cheapest. Don’t take your gutters for granted any longer. Here’s a list of all the harm that can be brought to your home when clogged gutters go unnoticed.
The main function of your gutter system is to divert water away from your foundation. Water running straight off your roof can erode the soil away near the foundation and cause water to pool. This can lead to water seeping down and forming cracks which can worsen over time leading to settling, uneven floors, and cause doors and windows to not open or close properly. Fixing your foundation is one of the most expensive repairs a homeowner can face and one that is easily avoidable. Repairs to foundations can soar to over $10,000.
When water seeps into cracks in your foundation they can be made worse by our Ohio winters. The freezing and thawing we experience over the winter can force existing cracks even bigger. If you have cracks in your foundation, there’s a good chance you will start to experience leaks or floods. This can spell disaster as water can not only destroy precious memories you have stored, but you also increase your risk for black mold.
If you have ever noticed a barn or other building that does not have gutters, you might also have noticed that there is a visible trench in the ground where the water hits. That’s because water falling from a great height has a lot of power. You see what it can do to grass but if you have flower beds under your roof, a clogged gutter could be catastrophic. The loose soil and mulch of our landscapes can easily be washed away by an overflowing gutter. All that hard work will literally go down the drain.
A working gutter system will quickly move the water that runs off the roof and deliver it to the downspout where it deposits the water a safe distance away from your home. When your gutters are clogged, that water has nowhere to go and builds up. It doesn’t take long for a gutter to fill up in a storm and when it does it can push water back up under your roofline. This can cause the plywood underneath to slowly rot over time. These slow leaks are dangerous because you will never notice and when you do, a lot of damage has already been done.
While all the facts and numbers of water damage are swirling through your head, you probably forgot another obvious side effect of a clogged gutter; mosquitoes. Mosquitoes are drawn to stagnant water like… well like mosquitoes to stagnant water a clogged gutter is a regular water park for them. A 30-foot gutter filled with water is like having your own private swamp hovering above your head.
Damage to Your Fascia and Soffit
Your fascia boards are the unassuming support for your gutter system. Most people don’t even realize they are there until they are damaged from clogged gutters. Under the fascia is your soffit. The soffit is part of the overhang where your roof meets your siding. It’s what gives it a finished look and protects the rafters from the elements. Both the fascia and soffit can be damaged from the weight of water and ice dams in the winter. This can expose your interior beams to water and pests.
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