Clogged gutters can cause all kinds of issues with your home. Here are a few common examples:
Water damage: Properly functioning gutters direct water away from the structure of your home. But, clogged gutters can cause water to collect around your foundation and, as a result, seep into your basement.
Loosened gutters: The Association for Homeowners Across America says that the weight of water, twigs and other debris can loosen gutters and cause them to pull away from their attachments.
Ice dams: If you live in an area where it freezes during the winter, your clogged gutters can cause ice dams. An ice dam is when water flows over the edges of a clogged gutter and then freezes, forcing water into your home. Home improvement expert Bob Vila warns that ice dams can become so heavy they can rip the gutter right off your home, resulting in costly repair bills.
Vermin: Clogged gutters can become an inviting home to carpenter ants, mosquitoes and even rodents. And, if these pests are living in your gutters, there's a chance they'll make their way into your home.
The National Center for Healthy Housing recommends cleaning your gutters at least twice a year, in the spring and in the fall, although it may be a good idea to check them for debris more frequently.
How To Do It:
Since cleaning your gutters requires you to get on a ladder, it's always safest to leave this job to a licensed professional. There are many companies that specialize in gutter cleaning, and professionals have the knowledge and training to safely clean your gutters and downspouts, as well as checking for and repairing misalignment, leaks or damage.
Call East Coast Gutters for a free onsite inspection of your gutters.