“Although some species of trees have burgundy and orange leaves still on, a larger amount of trees are bare and leaves have fallen. It is time to pick a dry, still day and get those gutters empty of leaves before ice dams can form in freezing temps.”
-Rebecca from Accord Home Solutions
Cleaning out gutters in the spring and fall might seem like a menial task, but failure to do so can cause major problems for a home. From foundation damage to roof leaks, clogged gutters can lead to expensive repairs when left untreated.
1. Foundation damage
The main role of a gutter system is to channel water off the roof and away from the home’s foundation. A blockage can cause water to pour over the sides of the gutter and pool around the foundation. Over time, the water can cause cracks to form and damage the foundation, potentially resulting in collapse. But even if the foundation doesn’t fail, the water can still cause mold growth.
2. Wood damage
The fascia boards that hold the gutter system are often made of wood. When gutters clog and fill with water, the boards start to deteriorate and rot. If a home has wood siding, clogged gutters can also cause water to overflow out of the gutter system and down the sides of the home.
3. Landscape damage
When gutters clog and water spills over the side, it often lands on flower beds, small trees or shrubs that surround the base of a home.
4. Ice dams
In colder climates, ice dams can form on the gutters or the lower edge of the roof, causing water to pool and eventually seep into the home. While ice dams can form on homes with clean gutters, clogged gutters prevent water from draining, which increases the chance for ice dams.