AVOID – ROOF DAMAGES , WOOD ROT , BASEMENT FLOODING AND OR SEEPAGE, INTERIOR DAMAGE (WALLS JOISTS DRYWALL PAINT MECHANICAL COMPONENTS) .
Chances are you have ignored this tedious but vital home improvement chore in the past but if this winter is even half as destructive as the last, you could be looking at thousands of dollars in damage to your investment.”
The result of skipping out on this task are easy enough to see. As leaves and debris build up in your guttering system there become blockages. Instead of water flowing easily into downspouts, it backs up onto eaves, the roof, and other parts of your house eventually leading to rot.
This in turn can lead to interior home damage to walls and ceilings. Overly full gutters can also become extremely heavy. Then once the gutters and brackets bend you’ll be left with unsightly damage to the exterior of your home.
Fox news reports, “Even flooded basements and cracking foundations are other symptoms of clogged gutters. If water isn’t drained away from the house and it pools around the foundation it will expand when frozen and cause cracks which lead to floods in your basement or crawl space.”
Gutter cleaning may be needed much more frequently than just once a season, especially if you live in an area where there are many trees. “The one problem we find, other than procrastination, is that you go out Sunday (which should be a football watching day,wife approved lol)) and spend all day cleaning the gutters and sealing up holes only for a windstorm to come the following week and blow more debris right back into the gutter system.
Other problems to look for when cleaning gutters include holes, corrosion, sagging sections, and loose, bent, or missing fasteners. Holes should be plugged or caulked immediately. Sagging is often the result of loose or missing spikes, which should be tightened or replaced.
In some cases, however, gutters may simply be too far gone and need to be replaced .