If you thought gutter guards were just a convenience item to eliminate the hassle of dragging out the ladder and dredging mucky clumps of rotting leaves, moss and who knows what else, we can tell you there’s so much more to it. Clogged gutter problems cause serious damage and danger to you and your home—damage and danger that you can avoid (along with the hassle), if you install gutter guards. These are just 5 Dangers of Clogged Gutters:
1. Gutter Damage Can Cause Foundation Damage
Clear gutters do yeoman’s work channeling rain water and snow melt away from the foundation to protect your entire house. If you have clogged gutter damage, however, the very least that can happen is basement flooding, which can cause all kinds of expensive damage in itself. More often than not, chronic basement flooding and water in the foundation can cause cracks that will shift the very structure of the house, making it unsafe for you and your family to live in.
2. Clogged Gutter Problems Lead to Roof Damage
Of course, your roof can also suffer without fully-functional gutters. Improperly diverted water can pool in places, causing leaks that get into the frame and fascia of the house, not to mention the roof itself. This can lead to root rot, mold and mildew that can cause health problems and cost thousands of dollars to remedy.
3. Clogged Gutters Can Cause Cracks and Shifts in Sidewalks and Driveways
Another frequent danger of clogged gutters and poor drainage is water perpetually getting onto and under your sidewalks and driveways. Just like the foundation, the concrete and asphalt of your driveways and walkways can crack and become damaged or shift, necessitating expensive repairs.
4. Gutter Damage and Landscape Erosion
When gutters back up and water splashes out in areas where it shouldn’t, torrents of water can wash away mulch, kill your plants from overwatering and even attract unwanted pests. All of this, along with cracked sidewalks and driveways, can pile extra repair work and cost on you, while also damaging your home’s curb appeal if you ever want to put it on the market.
5. Clogged Gutter Problems Can Hurt You!
We talked about the hassle of dragging out and climbing up the ladder at the beginning of this article, but for many people, this isn’t just a hassle—it can be dangerous too. Climbing up without someone to spot you, or inadvertently digging your hands into a wasp nest can land you in the hospital, or worse!
These things are best left to professionals with the right equipment. In fact, these things are best left to gutter guards that give your gutters the power to keep water away from your home and foundation without anyone ever having to get up on a ladder again!
Contact All American Gutter Protection today and we can professionally install high-quality gutter guards that will protect your home and keep you off of the ladder!