Gutters are meant to prevent water from building up in your roof by directing it into the downspout and out of your home. They don’t have to be of primary concern unless they are uninstalled properly or clogged.
When there is a tall tree near your roof, your gutters are prone to getting clogged from branches, sticks, leaves, and insects. Dead animals or small pieces of waste can also get stuck there. These things cannot be washed and flushed out by rainwater. Through time they can contribute to a clogged gutter.
Clogged gutters can be a real problem for many homeowners, especially if left untreated for a long time. In fact, they are one of the leading causes of roof leaks for many homes in the country.
How Backed-up Gutters Cause Roof Leaks
A gutter left filled with water can leave tremendous effects on your roof. First, constant contact with water will cause gutter and metals sides of the roof to rust, leaving it weaker as each day passes and more prone to tearing a hole in your entire roof. Second, the wooden part of your roof which is left soaking in water can develop molds or fungus or eventually rot.
Once these things happen, it’s only a matter of time before the underlying material and ceiling (which are likely made of wood) get affected and bring in leaks. Water can seep into the insides of your home, reaching the foundation and even the basement.
How to Prevent Clogging
Will all the potential damages and expenses that may happen if your gutters get clogged, it becomes more important to prevent this from happening in the first place. For many homeowners, regularly cleaning your gutters at least twice a year can be enough. Of course, this can depend on the weather in your area and if you have a tall tree nearby. When checking, make sure that water easily passes through the downspout and that it drains properly.
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