Issues Caused by Clogged Gutters
- Leaking Basements and Cracked Foundations: Clogged gutters are the number one cause of basement water problems. Roof water overflows and accumulates around the foundation. If this happens, basement leaks may be moments away, and excess water against the foundation can weaken the footings and lead to cracks.
- Rotted Wood: When gutters have debris piled up above the flashing or shingle line, the debris can hold moisture on the fascia board. The moisture can also affect the roof sheathing and framing beyond the fascia. The debris acts like a wick and brings water in the bottom of the gutter up to the fascia. Many homeowners have spent THOUSANDS of dollars replacing rotted wood that an inexpensive professional gutter cleaning by Action Gutter could have prevented.
- Animals and Wood Destroying Insects: Lack of cleaning will also cause water to pond in areas dammed by debris. This condition is ideal for breeding mosquitoes. Bugs love moisture. Plants, birds, insects and even mice will make a home in gutter debris.
- Sagging Driveways: Clogged gutters and downspouts can also cause driveway and walkways to sag and crack.
How often their gutters should be cleaned.
A simple answer is that they should be cleaned twice a year, and more if you notice that they are dirty.
Though many people like to clean their gutters themselves, it is best to hire a professional to ensure that they are cleaned thoroughly.