Have you done any gutter maintenance lately?
Your roof’s gutter system is supposed to carry water away from your home. But in the fall, leaves and debris can easily fill gutters. If you don’t clean them out, you could end up facing serious (and costly) repairs. Taking care of your clogged gutters should be at the top of your fall home maintenance project list.
No. 1: Gutter Maintenance Helps Prevent Roof Damage
When roof gutters get clogged, rain and melting snow have nowhere to go. The water can’t drain, so it stays on the roof.
Left alone, the moisture seeps through the shingles and causes the roofing materials to rot. When that happens, leaks are more likely. Plus, the soffits and fascia may also decay, causing the gutters to pull away from the roof. If the damage is extensive, a roof replacement could be necessary.
No. 2: Clogged Gutters Breed Algae and Mold
Standing water on the roof creates an environment for algae and mold to thrive.
Moisture in the roofing materials may lead to algae growth on the surface, which weakens the roof’s structure. As the water seeps farther into the attic and inside the home, mold can develop.
Mold growth is a health concern, as it can cause nasal congestion, coughing, wheezing and throat irritation. People with allergies, asthma or weakened immune systems often experience more severe symptoms.
No. 3: Clogged Gutters Lead to Foundation Problems
With clogged gutters, rainwater and melting snow don’t always stay on the roof. But this isn’t good news, because that water generally pools around the foundation of the home.
When water runs down into the foundation, the additional soil moisture can cause serious structural problems. Cracks may form in the foundation, or the foundation may shift. These issues can cause water to leak into the basement, too.
No. 4: Gutter Maintenance Helps Prevent Landscape & Soil Erosion
Water runoff from clogged gutters can create pools and puddles that can ruin a home’s landscaping.
Gutter flooding can also uproot flowers and small plants and spread mulch all around the yard. All this water can lead to soil erosion too. In any case, the damage can destroy a home’s curb appeal.
How Do You Take Care of Your Gutters?
To keep your gutter system in good shape, clean it out periodically, at least twice per year. If your property has a lot of trees, you may need to clean the gutters more often.
As an alternative to gutter cleaning, you could also consider investing in a gutter protection system. Professionally installed guards can keep out leaves and debris, preventing clogged gutters. Some systems — including Knockout Roofing’s Leaf Slugger Protection System — even come with a clog-free guarantee.
The Knockout Roofing team, serving the greater northern Utah area for over 15 years, can take care of all of your roof needs. To schedule a free professional consultation, or for answers to your questions about gutters, contact our Salt Lake City office today.