How Clogged Gutters Can Cause Water Damage

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Why you should maintain and clean your gutters all year long

Clogged gutters are one of the main reasons for roof leaks and damaged foundations each year in the US, costing thousands of dollars to homeowners. Maintaining your drain, keeping it unclogged in spring and fall is a must to avoid water damage to your roof and inside your house. Here are some of the most common types of damages that clogged gutters can cause.

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Ice Dams on the lower edge of the roof

They happen mostly in the northern part of the United States, where temperatures can go below zero. Clogged rain gutters can be the number one factor for the formation of ice dams causing water to seep into the home. Lack of drainage and standing water will increase ice forming on the lower edge of the roof and cause leaks. Roof leaks are the number cause of water damaged ceilings.

Damage Buddy Tip

Use a simple garden hose to clean out the inside of the gutter pushing debris down the draining system. You can also use a plumbing snake if you find that your draining system is clogged. It’s a simple trick to avoid costly water damage.

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Foundation damage caused by water infiltration

Blockage within the gutter system can cause water flow to spill over the side and create a pool right next to your home’s foundation. One of the primary roles of gutters is to drain water and avoid spilling. Several types of damage can happen with water collecting near a  foundation:

  • Creation of mold
  • Cracks in the concrete damaging the foundation
  • Structural damage
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Damaged wood structure due to clogged gutters

Often US homes have wood siding. Most of the boards that hold the gutter system are made of wood. A clogged gutter can promote water spillage and cause the wood structure to rot. Simple bi-yearly cleaning of the entire system can avoid costly repairs.

Damage to your yards

Water spillage from an unattended gutter can also cause flowers, landscaping and grass to disappear over time.

What is the best way to prevent clogged gutters?

The best way to prevent the gutter system of being clogged is to clean it twice a year. Especially if you live in a wooded area.

Is it normal for gutters to drip?

Gutters will drip and over spill if clogged. Causing different potential damage to your house. Clogged drains  are one of the main cause of damaged foundation in the US.

What kind of tools will I need to clean my gutters

Many tools are available nowadays to clean gutters without a ladder. One of the most used tools is a telescoping gutter cleaning wand. You can also do it the old fashion way. Use a ladder and a hose to push down the debris through the drain.

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