Not Cleaning Gutters Can Damage a Home

Not Cleaning Gutters Can Damage a Home

The problems that come along with clogged gutters can impact many facets of the home. Unfortunately, many original gutters clog with ease and need regular maintenance. For homeowners who seek clog-free gutters the choice is simple. A clog-free gutter system is the solution. Otherwise, you can expect a biannual cleaning ritual. This might include hoisting rotting leaves and living organisms from the gutters.

Having original gutters on the home may mean uncovering an organic microsystem. Overflowing gutters can cause other problems on the home, too. Forgoing a bi-annual cleaning can lead to much bigger issues. If you dread cleaning gutters, there is a solution. You’ll want to replace them with a clog-free gutter system. In your new gutters, you’ll find a seamless trough that won’t pull away from the home or split at any seams. The biggest benefit to having seamless gutters is that they won’t leak. Instead, the water runs smoothly off the home and down the line to the downspout without any clogs. Even worse, there are a myriad of dangers when it comes to cleaning gutters. Being at the top of a ladder can lead to a fall and significant trauma. In fact, it’s estimated that 165,000 people fall from a ladder each year according to U.S. Consumer Products Safety Commission. Of those, 90,000 of them require emergency medical treatment.

Contrarily, homeowners that choose not to clear out gutters can have major issues. In the following images, we walk through common issues that can come up in gutters. These images all take place in fair weather, but another way to check on your gutters is in the rain. You’ll easily be able to follow the water trail to tell if it is leaking or affecting anything below.

Plants growing in gutters

Clogged gutters grow small plants in springtime.

damaged gutters

A gutter attachment cover not only caved in and stopped blocking leaves, but it also pulled the gutters off the house.

cracked foundation

When the gutter dripped, it cracked the driveway. Fixing the driveway won’t fix the symptom, so the gutters must be fixed, too.

This leak from the gutter caused the foundation of the house to split.

Mold can grow behind the fascia inside the attic space if the gutters are not working properly.

leaves in gutter

This hood fell apart on the gutter, allowing leaves back inside the trough.

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19 thoughts on “Not Cleaning Gutters Can Damage a Home

  1. With the home that I live in now, I think it would be a good idea to get the current siding replaced. There are a few spots where it’s falling off or missing and it really doesn’t look good. Now I don’t think that I could do it myself, so I would for sure have to get someone to come and do it for me. Seeing as you mentioned that the siding helps protect the exterior of your home, I wouldn’t want mine to get damaged or run the risk of potential damage.

  2. I love what you said about being sure the proper materials are installed under your home’s siding. Hiring a contractor to administer repairs to your siding is the best way to go because they have significant experience. If I were to notice damage on my own home, I would waste no time contacting a service to fix the problem quickly and efficiently.

  3. Pointing out that I should educate myself on the process when I decide to replace my window sidings is great advice to hear. I do agree that I need to be sure the proper materials are installed under the siding itself as you mentioned so that the services I’ll hire can guarantee that they did a decent job. If a reputable company will ensure proper cleanup is done as you suggest, I’ll consider hiring those willing to do the job for next week’s renovation project.

  4. The siding on my house is very worn and isn’t doing its job anymore. I’m wanting to get new siding installed and want to make sure I get the right contractor to do it. Thank you for suggesting that I should make sure the right materials are installed under the siding. I’ll have to keep this in mind as I search for the best roofer in my area.

  5. I really like that you point out that you should work with your contractor to determine how long your siding will take to be installed. My husband and I are wanting to get the siding on our house repaired and need to find the best contractor. I’ll have to do some research and find the best guy in our area.

  6. That’s god to know that a siding installation will take longer than a day. My siding is cracking in places, so I’m looking to repair it,. I’ll have to find a company that’s nearby so they can start working on it soon since it’ll take awhile to fix.

  7. Thank you for pointing out that you should make sure you’re educated on the siding process. The siding on my house is really needing to be replaced. I’ll have to look into finding the best contractor in my area to come and do this for me.

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