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Problems Caused By Clogged Gutters

“More homes are damaged each year from gutter problems than from any other water related source”

Regular gutter maintenance can add many years to the life of your gutters. Every year leaves, sticks, granules from shingles, dead birds, old tennis balls, bird droppings, and what can be described as sludge gets washed off the roof into our gutters. This can build up and cause damage to the guttering itself or to your property. In fact, a blocked, leaking or sagging gutter is worse than no gutter at all because it overflows/leaks in one place rather than evenly along the roof. This concentrates the problem and can cause serious damage to fascias, eves, brickwork, pointing, paintwork, sills etc.

Some problems caused by clogged gutters are water pooling around the foundation, which leads to potential penetration points. Any wood fascia that exists around your house can start to break down and decompose, causing serious & costly problems by having to replace the wood fascia around your home. Backed up gutters can result in frozen water in the winter that stands for several days, blocking the flow of unfrozen water from the roof. This will eventually weaken the shingles and wood on the roof, causing leaks into your attic and home.

For many people it is a case of out of sight, out of mind, but ignoring a problem can result in costly repair bills later on. Gutter cleaning is important preventive maintenance and should be done
at least twice a year if possible. A well flowing gutter can discharge water at a high rate when

Install Gutter Guards: Once the gutter system is cleaned and properly adjusted, consider installing gutter guards to avoid a repeat performance in the future.

There are many types of gutter guards available. Screens can be effective but eventually allow debris to get through. Clogs will reoccur and can be even harder to clear since the screens will need to be removed first. Leaf blocking guards, which look like a metal louver are a more costly but more effective option at keeping leaves off gutters. The louvers allow water to leak into the gutter while washing leaves over the side.

No matter what gutter product you choose, it is important that you check gutters periodically!

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