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What Damage Is Expected From Unmaintained Gutters?

What Damage is Expected from Unmaintained Gutters?

Water damage is a huge issue faced by many homeowners. This is why gutters are crucial to ensuring that water is vetted away from your home. Gutters can easily clog with debris from the environment around them (leaves, needles, dirt, etc.) which can lead to maintenance issues and eventually water damage. If a gutter isn’t maintained, they can start leaking, sagging, or even pulling away from the home. This could be costly on your pocket as it could seriously lead to something way more serious. So if you don’t maintain your gutter, what damage should you expect? We have compiled a list of possible issues.

Leaking Gutters

When gutters cannot drain water properly, roof water overflows and easily accumulates around the areas of a house that gutters are supposed to keep water away from. This can cause mold and rotting damage to the exterior of the home and/or the gutter itself. A leak can even cause your gutter to fall from your roof.

Leaky Roofs 

When your gutter cannot maintain the weight of the debris or the excess water drainage amount, water could accumulate on or around your roof, causing it to leak. When water gets into your home, it can ruin paint, furniture, appliances, and possibly cause electrical problems at minimum.

Leaking Basement

If gutters and downspouts are clogged, water may not be able to drain appropriately. In turn, excess water could collect around your basement and even seep into the basement itself. This is incredibly hazardous as it may result in a gas leak, electrical issues and pollutants.

Wood Damage

Homes with wood foundations could also have multiple issues if water is not draining appropriately. Water will seep into and saturate the house. Over time, the wood will rot which could result in foundation and structure damage.

Foundation Issues

Just like wood foundations and basements, concrete foundations could be submitted to horrible damage. If the water is not properly spit away from the house, water can absorb into the home. During freezing temperatures, water buildup will cause cracks in the walls and foundation. These cracks are hard to deter as they often occur in between walls. This also leads to mold.

Insect Infestation

Bugs LOVE moisture. This means that they will love your consistently wet gutters if they are not properly maintained.

Sidewalk/ Driveway

Just like the cracks in a house’s foundation, water build up can cause sagging and cracked concrete in other areas, such as, your sidewalks and driveways. Not to mention, these can be slippery.

Ugly Landscape

When water doesn’t flow away from the house properly, it might pool or leak onto the landscape. This can cause plants to drown.

 

Avoid all of those issues by maintaining your gutters! Contact the experts today from Gutter Professionals, Inc. for more information about gutter installation on your home.

 

POSTED ON March 30, 2017 // 0 COMMENTS

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