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Common Clogged Gutter Damages

March 5, 2014
Amanda Curry
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3 minutes

You might not realize it, but an unprotected gutter system will routinely clog with dirt, leaves and debris. Clogged gutters will then impede the flow of rainwater away from your home and lead to expensive repairs. Clogged rain gutters can be horribly annoying, but many homeowners never even think costly damage is a real possibility. Every homeowner needs to understand why it’s essential to maintain your gutters. Here’s a quick list of everything you’re putting at risk when living with clogged gutters.

Common Home Damage Caused By Clogged Gutters:

Soffit & Fascia Rot – Your soffits and fascia are the closest part of your home to your gutters. When gutters become clogged, water will begin to collect in your gutters. With nowhere to go, the water will begin to eat away at your fascia and soffit, which could cause your gutters to pull away from your home and eventually fall. Once that happens you are looking at a very pricey renovation.

Roofing Damage – Roof replacement and overall repair can easily cost thousands of dollars. Clogged or backed-up gutters filled with debris can allow rainwater to accumulate and cause your roof to rust and leak over time. Once this kind of damage occurs, the roof supports are put at risk, as wood may become weak and result in a complete roof collapse.

Mold – Clogged rain gutters also put you and your family at risk for health concerns, as clogged gutters can lead to the development of mold. These harmful micro-organisms may cause serious damage or evoke allergies in you and your family. If you can ensure that the gutters on your home are clog free, you’re also making a point to keep your family safe.

Stagnant Water/Mosquitos – Water runoff will create pools of stagnant water that can attract mosquitoes and other wildlife.

Landscape Erosion – The purpose of a gutter system is to control the flow of rain water AWAY from your home. The possibility of erosion damage becomes real when clogged rain gutters mishandle the flow of rain water. Water will begin to accumulate in your flower beds surrounding your home, ruining your landscaping and keeping water where it shouldn’t be – sitting stagnant around your foundation.

Foundation Damage – When water accumulates around your home, the foundation is put at risk. Erosion weakens your home by slowly removing layer by layer of foundation until it cracks and begins to leak. Don’t risk the integrity of your foundation by allowing water to back up and erode your foundation.

Flooded Basement – When the rain falls and water backs up throughout the gutter system, you will end up with water in areas of the home that are meant to be dry and clean, like your basement.

Heaving Driveway – If you have trees near your home, then you have complex root systems growing all around your most important investment. Roots go after water, so if your gutters are clogged and water is accumulating around your home and around your driveway, that complex root system can begin to grow in areas it shouldn’t, causing severe and costly damage to your foundation and driveway.

The Bottom Line:

Any debris that makes it into the gutter system will greatly impede the flow of rainwater away from the home.

LeafFilter™ Gutter Guards will protect you and your home from serious and costly damage caused by clogged rain gutters. You’ll never again have to climb the ladder to clean out clogged gutters or deal with those pesky repair projects that cost thousands of dollars and always seem to come out of nowhere at the worst possible moment.

LeafFilter™ gutter guards never allows gutter clogs to form as our gutter protection system allows nothing but water to ever enter the gutters or eavestroughs. Many other gutter protection systems on the market are constructed with a hole, gap, opening or louver – so you can most definitely count on “stuff” getting into the gutters. With no holes, gaps or openings, nothing but water will ever enter your LeafFilter-protected gutters.