With autumn coming, you can expect leaves to start falling any time now. A clogged gutter can be quite an issue if it isn’t handled correctly. Leaves are the top cause of a clogged gutter system. Not only can it lead to water pooling around your home’s foundation, but a large enough clog can also lead to structural damage.
Once the leaves are wet and stick together, they become heavy for the gutter system. The extra weight can cause gutters to become detached and damage your home’s fascia. Consider having gutter guards installed to keep leaves and other tree debris from finding their way into clogging your gutters.
When gutters frequently clog, the water trying to flow through them ends up spilling over the side. This consistent overflow can lead to water pooling up around your home’s foundation instead of the desired diverted area at your downspout. The displaced water can lead to damage to the foundation’s structural integrity and even basement flooding. While cleaning gutters, it’s a good idea to ensure your downspout is properly pointed away from your home as well.
While cleaning, if you notice damage, it’s essential to take care of it as soon as possible. Things like missing screws, uneven seams, holes, and areas pulling away might not seem like a critical repair. However, they can be the starting point of further gutter damage. Miller Custom Exteriors can fit your home for new seamless gutters, gutter repair quotes, and service requests; call us at 330-695-4905.