A blocked gutter on your property can cause a myriad of problems — and we’re not just talking about damage to your gutters.
Whether your gutters are clogged with leaves, ice, or other debris, failure to remove the jam could cause damage to your foundations, your basement, and even your roof. It’s one of those things we often forget to check — so add it to your list of things to do every season, and certainly after a storm or other adverse weather conditions once it’s safe to do so.
It’s much more cost-effective and safer to remove debris earlier rather than later. And worst case scenario, a clogged gutter could lead to thousands of dollars of damage. Let’s avoid that at all costs!
So, with that out of the way, the remainder of this blog post will explain more about clogged gutters and ceiling leaks, alongside other potential damages clogged gutters can cause.
Can clogged gutters cause roof leaks?
When people think of the damage a blocked gutter can do, they often think of the basement and, sometimes, the foundations of the property. But that’s only half of the story — your roof could be susceptible to leaking, causing many other issues.
For example, if water cannot run through your gutters, this may lead to a build-up of water on the roof of your property. Once the weight becomes too much, this could lead to weakened roof tiles, causing a leak. And in some cases, this can lead to a full collapse of the roof structure.
Not only will you have a leak on your hands, but the hole in your roof can cause insects, birds, and other animals to live in your roof. You could have an insect problem, a mold issue, and, of course, a leaking roof.
The cost of replacing roof tiles, fixing the water damage, eliminating the mold, and getting rid of any insects or animals is significantly more than a regular cleaning of your gutters. And we’re not saying that because we clean gutters — that’s not what we do!
But if the damage is left over time, you may need a new roof, or at the very least, new roof tiles or shingles. Now that is a service we do sell (in Nicholasville, Kentucky, and the surrounding areas)!
What about other damages?
We’ve touched on a few potential other damages already. However, clogged gutters can also cause damage to the foundations of your home, the basement, and any landscaping — we’re looking at that beautiful patio in your backyard…
For starters, if the water does not flow away from the property correctly, it could begin to build up around your basement, causing mold or cracks to appear. Basements flood more commonly than you may think, caused by flash floods, storm damage, and blocked gutters — don’t fall into the latter category. After all, it’s something you can control.
Alongside the basement, if damage is caused to the foundations of your home, then this could not only be an expensive fix, but it could also become very dangerous. The water can build and seep into the foundations, causing the structure to weaken. In some cases, houses can collapse due to weekend foundations.
Maintain your gutters to prevent damages
Regularly clean your gutters to prevent a build-up of leaves and other debris. If your gutters become blocked, they may cause further damage to your property — that includes roof leaks, basement flooding, other damages, and even damage to the foundations of your home.
Can clogged gutters cause roof leaks?
Clogged gutters cause water to build up and divert in the wrong direction. Over time, this can lead to a roof leak — or even a roof collapse.
Can backed up gutters cause roof leaks and other damages?
Yes! Blocked gutters can cause serious damage to your property, from roof leaks to your basement flooding. So, schedule a regular gutter cleaning to prevent such damages.
How do you know if your gutters are clogged?
There are a few telltale signs of clogged gutters, including the gutters beginning to sag, an overspill of water, stain marks on the gutters, the walls, or the ground, or even plants beginning to grow in your garden (you can thank the gutters for watering them).
What happens if gutters are blocked?
If your gutters are blocked, then water will be unable to divert away from your home. The water will begin to spill over your gutters, potentially causing damage to the foundations, landscaping, the basement, and the roof.
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