Article by: Jeremy Kelsey
In areas where trees shed their leaves, gutters can quickly become clogged with a buildup of blossoms in the spring and fallen leaves and tree pods in the autumn. This type of tree debris can do more than just clog gutters: it can also clog downspouts and underground drain systems. At times, nests built by birds, squirrels and other animals can clog the gutters as well.
The Effects of Clogged Gutters
Clogged gutters prevent water from making its way to the downspouts, which means it can’t drain as it should. Instead, it follows the path of least resistance, which means it usually leaks behind the gutters or flows over the lip of even the best gutter systems. Water that overflows gutters is easy to see, as are the problems it causes: eroded soil, stained masonry and concrete, and sometimes even cracks in the foundation. When water spills over the back of the gutter, on the other hand, it can cause the soffit and fascia to rot and stain the siding. This water can even find its way into the house at times, where it can potentially cause mold growth.
Signs That Your Gutters Are Clogged
The following are signs that you should look out for which indicate clogged gutters. Don’t worry, you won’t need to get out the ladder, as these signs can be seen clearly from the ground or from inside the house itself.
- Visible leaves & debris in the gutter trough
- Stained, discolored gutters, the result of water running over the edge
- Discoloration on other areas near the gutters, such as the walkway, driveway & siding
- Soil erosion around the foundation
- Water dripping from the gutters, even when it hasn’t rained recently
- Standing water in the basement
Contact Us Today for Professional Assistance
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